The Last Ship, Sting’s musical which was inspired by his childhood on Tyneside gets its first outing tonight in Chicago - a long way from Wallsend where it is set.
The production, which has been three years in the making, opens for previews at the Bank of America Theatre ahead of its official world premiere on June 25.
At the weekend, the 62-year-old performed the show’s title track at the Tony Awards - the theatrical equivalent of the Oscars in the States - and allowed his Geordie accent a rare public outing.
The Chicago performances of the show, which stars Sting’s long-time collaborator and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star, Jimmy Nail, will play until July 13 and serve as a pre-Broadway run.
The show will transfer to Broadway for previews in September before its opening proper at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello (Casa Susana, Wicked), The Last Ship has a book by fellow Tony winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey and of course music and lyrics from Sting himself who has 17 Grammy Awards - and countless others - in his cabinet.