Track List And Lyrics. The play is directed by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett, with musical direction, orchestrations and arrangements also by Rob Mathes. The new Broadway Cast Album will include some of those original compositions performed by the acclaimed Broadway cast, as well as selections exclusively written and recorded for the stage production. THE LAST SHIP - which marks Sting's debut as a Broadway composer - is set in the English seaside 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 many years later, he finds the shipyard's future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. This love triangle ignites just as the men and women of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence. And in the end Gideon comes to understand that he had indeed left behind more than he could have ever imagined. THE LAST SHIP also reflects real-life incidents, including a history-making 'work-in' at a Scottish shipyard in the 70's, and a recent project in Poland for which a priest commandeered supplies and financial support so a group of laymen could not only have work, but also reclaim their pride and dignity by assembling a ship meant to sail the world.
The Last Ship (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Inspired by Sting's own childhood experiences and the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend , Tyne and Wear, an earlier version of the musical with book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey played at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, before moving to the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in In September , it was confirmed that British musician Sting was working on a musical,  following rumours the previous year. The Last Ship was initially inspired by Sting's album The Soul Cages  and Sting's own childhood experiences, particularly his relationship with his father who had been an engineer in a family of shipwrights. I became successful, but I owe a debt to that community. This play is me trying to honour that community, trying to pay back what they gave me -- a sense of self but also the engine that allowed me to escape. That's the strange paradox. I love where I come from, I'm glad I escaped, at the same time I need to tell that story as a sort of 'soul debt'. The show has a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey  and is directed by Joe Mantello ,  with choreography by Steven Hoggett ,  set and costume design by David Zinn,  lighting design by Christopher Akerlind  and sound design by Brian Ronan. Speaking in , Brian Yorkey said: "He's writing great theater music It's very, very distinctly Sting but it also is theatre music.