I’m happy to report the official announcement of something I knew a while ago: Sting is moving into the Public Theater for two weeks beginning September 25th. He’ll celebrate his 62nd birthday there, on October 2nd. Sting will be playing old songs, obviously, but also testing out some new ones from his upcoming Broadway show, “The Last Ship.” An album of the same name will be coming out on September 24th.
I was lucky enough to see a workshop of “The Last Ship” in early May, and the songs were spectacular. Oskar Eustis of the Public was sitting right behind me, so I knew something was up– and here it is. Sting’s engagement runs from September 25th to October 9th.
There are 10 performances in all, in the 260 seat Anspacher Theater. All the proceeds will go to the Public, which is typical of philanthropic, menschy Sting. Maybe he’ll bring some of the performers from the workshop; they were really wonderful. And everyone will get to hear the composer’s first new music in several years. I can tell you, from what I heard, no one will be disappointed.