Sting is joining the ranks of classic rockers looking to make a a splash on the "Great White Way." The New York Post reported that the Police leader and co-producer Jeffrey Seller are looking to raise $15 million for a spring 2015 Broadway run of Sting's musical, The Last Ship, which had its first public reading on Friday (May 16th). The Last Ship, which is loosely based on Sting's 1991 album, The Soul Cages, "is about a family of shipbuilders who face a bleak and uncertain future when the shipyard they've worked in for years is forced to shut down."
A source who attended the reading, claimed that after a while the songs seemed to sound the same, and "It's got that Billy Elliot thing going on -- you know, working-class people who maintain their dignity in the face of adversity."
One potential investor was quoted as saying: "It's an art musical. It's a very good art musical, but I think it belongs at the Public Theater."
Another money man revealed, "I admired it a lot, but it's not for the Motown crowd."
Sting has never been shy to break new ground by writing and recording in different genres or reinventing his past works. He told us that ultimately, he has no regrets regarding the musical decisions he's made over the past quarter century: "I don't think if you do good work with integrity and care, it's never wasted. It always feeds the reservoir, it feeds the creative soul. That's more important than bums on the seats, or, y'know, CD sales, or whatever. But I have no complaints of it in any regard."
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