Mythical though it may sound, the musical The Last Ship, which features a score by the epitome of rocker-cool, Sting, and a book by Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey, is a real thing. It's so real, in fact, that this spring, real, tangible actors will be given the chance to read the actually existing script and sing the soon-to-be-audible songs.
According to a recent Equity casting notice, the piece will receive a staged reading April 29-May 11. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (The Other Place) is set to direct the reading.
The Last Ship, in addition to — in case you missed it — being composed by Sting, has a plot. It reportedly centers on Gideon, a 30-something man who returns to his home in Newcastle, England and incorporates biographical elements of Sting's own life.
In one last bit of barely believable news, Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan (Red) now also seems to be part of the show's creative team and Tony Award winner Jeffrey Seller (Rent) will produce along with Sting's manager Kathryn Schenker.
So even though you thought that a musical with songs by your fictional-future-husband and a book by not one, but two people who have won really important writing awards was the stuff of your dreams, it appears that this is on its way to becoming a hearable, seeable phenomenon.