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The Last Ship


Theatre: Neil Simon Theatre
Opening Night: October 26 2014
Final Performance: January 24 2015
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Orchestrations


The Last Ship is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He sets out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When Gideon returns home 14 years later, he finds the shipyard's future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. As the men of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence, Gideon realizes that he left behind more than he could have ever imagined.


  • The musical was inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences. The show marks his Broadway debut as a composer, though he has previously appeared on Broadway as a performer.
  • Sting joined the show's cast in December for a limited run in the role of shipyard foreman Jackie White.
  • Sting released a studio album of songs from the musical in 2013 featuring guest artists with roots in the northeast of England.


The show’s pre-Broadway world premiere took place in Chicago in June, 2014. Composer Sting performed songs from the show in a concert at the Public Theater in 2013, which was taped for broadcast on PBS.


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