Michael Esper is among the actors who will appear in Sting's musical The Last Ship, setting sail at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on September 30.
Michael Esper is among the actors who will appear in Sting's musical The Last Ship, setting sail at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on September 30.
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The Last Ship, the new musical by 16-time Grammy winner Sting and Tony winners John Logan and Brian Yorkey, will begin performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on September 30, producers have announced. Directed by Joe Mantello and featuring choreography by Steven Hoggett, the production is set to open October 26.

Leading the company in principal roles will be Broadway veterans Michael Esper (The Lyons), Aaron Lazar (Mamma Mia!), and Fred Applegate (The Producers), and West End vets Rachel Tucker (Wicked) and Sally Ann Triplett (Chess), and, in their Broadway debuts, singer-songwriter Jimmy Nail and actor Collin Kelly-Sordelet. Ensemble casting will be announced in the coming months.

Featured on the creative team are David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Christopher Akerlind (lighting design), and Brian Ronan (sound design).

The new musical, with songs by Sting and a book by Logan and Yorkey, tells the story of Gideon Fletcher, a young man from the English seafaring town of Wallsend, who leaves his life behind to travel the world — only to return a decade later to find out that what he deserted is more than he ever could have imagined.

The Last Ship will play a pre-Broadway tryout from July 10-July 13 at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.

Click here for more information and tickets to The Last Ship.