Sting to Perform Benefit Concerts at the Public Theater

Sting will perform ten private shows at the Public Theater in Manhattan this autumn, including music from his upcoming album, The Last Ship. The concerts, designed to raise money for the institution, will house an intimate crowd of 260 people per show in the Anspracher Theater. For those unable to buy tickets, a same-day lottery will allot a limited amount of tickets to lucky winners.

The musical genius, who famously provided the lead vocals for the Police, is adding to his successful solo career with The Last Ship, his first full-length LP of new material in a decade. For nearly three years, the English songwriter has been working on a Broadway musical, with the same name as his forthcoming album, for the fall of next year. Set in a shipyard in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, England, the Broadway soundtrack inspired his album. Directed by Joe Mantello of Wicked, the story chronicles Newcastle’s declining shipbuilding industry in the 1980s. Faithful fans and concert attendees can look forward to a revealing of the singer’s creative process behind his Broadway brainchild.

Ticket sales, for the concert series that runs from September 25 to October 9, will begin on July 14 at 10 pm on the Theater’s website and two hours after at the box office. However, on July 10 at 6 pm, American Express cardholders get a head start on purchasing tickets. On October 2, Sting’s 62nd birthday, a surprise number of tickets will go to members of the singer’s fan club via an online lottery. The tickets range in price from $250 to $2,500.