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Sting surprises audience as 'The Last Ship' weighs anchor in Chicago

July 13, 2014

By Susan Berger and Michelle Manchir, Chicago Tribune



July 13--Theater-goers attending the final Chicago performance of "The Last Ship" were treated to an unannounced appearance Sunday afternoon by Sting, who wrote the show's music and lyrics.

The singer appeared onstage after the cast members took their final bow at the Bank of America Theatre in the Loop. The show is heading to Broadway.

The audience rose to their feet and snapped photos as Sting, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, thanked the cast, crew and audience, calling the performance "five-dimensional."

Following his comments, he asked whether there was time for one last performance before launching into the show's title song, accompanied by the cast.

Inspired in part by his own childhood, Sting wrote the music and lyrics for "The Last Ship" as a tribute to the men and women of the lost shipbuilding industry of Northeast England.

Sting, a rock star with 16 Grammys and more than 100 million records sold, also sang with the crew on opening night of the Chicago show in June.

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