Sting musical The Last Ship sails into Chicago

The cast and creative team greet the press two weeks before performances begin
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsDirector Joe Mantello, choreographer Steven Hoggett, composer Sting and book co-author John Logan are introduced at a press event for The Last Ship at the Cadillac Palace Theatre May 27.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsBroadway in Chicago welcomes the cast and creative team of The Last Ship to the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsBroadway in Chicago welcomes the cast and creative team of The Last Ship to the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsProducer Jeffrey Seller makes remarks about the new musical The Last Ship at a press conference on May 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsProducer Jeffrey Seller introduces The Last Ship creators Sting and John Logan and director Joe Mantello at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on May 27, 2014.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsThe Last Ship director Joe Mantello (from left), choreographer Steven Hoggett, cast member Michael Esper, composer Sting, and cast members Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar and Sally Ann Triplett meet the press at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Tuesday, May 27.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsThe Last Ship cast members Rachel Tucker (from left), Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet meet the press at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Tuesday, May 27.
By Kris Vire |
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The cast and creative team of the new musical The Last Ship have arrived in Chicago. Pop star and first-time Broadway composer Sting, director Joe Mantello, book co-author John Logan, choreographer Steven Hoggett and principal cast members Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Jimmy Nail, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet were introduced to the press by producer Jeffrey Seller this morning in the lobby of the Cadillac Palace Theatrethough the show will play a few blocks away at the Bank of America Theatre, where it will begin previews June 10 ahead of a June 25 opening.

The Last Ship is set in Sting's hometown of Wallsend, in Northeast England, and depicts the effect on the small town of the closing of the shipyard that has long defined it. It's scheduled to run through July 13 in Chicago before moving to Broadway in the fall, with performances set to begin at the Neil Simon Theatre on September 30.

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