Sting’s new Broadway musical is intertwined with the history of the Cunard Line as well as his own upbringing. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
From Broadway to Brooklyn, the ballast behind the Great White Way’s new musical "The Last Ship," multiple Grammy award winner Sting, gave an exclusive concert this week onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, two days after his show opened.
Performing songs from "The Last Ship" album, Sting is promoting an event coming up in April, where the beloved musician will introduce the show's score to the place that inspired it.
"So we’re taking the music from the show back to my hometown, and we’re going to do a benefit for the art center in the town, and Cunard is sponsoring it," says Sting.
Sting’s musical is a personal homage to his uneasy upbringing in the shipbuilding town of Wallsend, located on the River Tyne in the North East of England.
"The building of ships is something that is in my blood, we’re all boat people, most people who live in America have relations that came here on ships, so we all recognize the powerful symbol that a ship is," says Sting.
Sting grew up in the shadow of the Swan Hunter shipyard where at least two of Cunard’s most famous oceanliners were built.
"The Carpathia which went to assist the Titanic and rescued all her survivors, then we have the four-funneled Mauretania, a marvelous ship, but the biggest one of her time," explains Queen Mary 2 Captain Kevin Oprey.
Having yet to set sail on a Cunard ship, Sting now has an open invitation.
"But when you come, make sure you bring your guitar," Oprey says.