Sting was back in Los Angeles last night, fresh from a wildly successful symphony tour of Australia, Japan and New Zealand. He’s on his way to Cleveland, Newark, and Lima, Peru, but managed to make a stop at the Mark Taper Forum to co-star in a one off night with wife Trudie Styler in “Twin Spirits,” a dramatic program performed with classical musicans based on the letters of Robert and Clara Schumann. The evening was a charity fundraiser for the Culture Project, and drew the likes of actress Maria Bello, Chad Lowe, and dozens of media types to the sold out theater to see the couple and John Lithgow–who pitched in on an off night from his neighboring one man show–and violinist Joshua Bell.
Sting and Trudie have filmed “Twin Spirits” for video (you can get the DVD on www.twinspirits.com) but the more they perform it live, the better it gets. The Schumanns’s love story has humor and pathos, and is quite romantic. Styler especially underscores their doomed relationship, as Schumann died young. (And Clara– a gifted concert pianist–went on to become the paramour of Brahms–a whole other story!) Styler got rave reviews from the audience–the former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company should be acting more!
After the show, Sting–who’s been halfway around the world since the beginning of January–did ask me to catch him up on a few things, like Ricky Gervais on the Golden Globes, and Lady GaGa. He thought Ricky was great, by the way, but went over the line with his attack on Robert Downey, Jr. “It wasn’t funny because it was an old story, it wasn’t topical,” Sting observed. How true!
Next up for Sting: work on the Broadway musical version of “The Soul Cages.” It will not, he promised, feature any flying or aerial acrobatics! What a relief.