The Last Ship, featuring an original score by 16-time Grammy winner Sting, will open on Broadway in the fall of 2014 following a world premiere in Chicago. Inspired by Sting’s childhood, The Last Ship is set in the English seafaring town of Wallsend where life revolves around the local shipyard. It tells the story of Gideon Fletcher who leaves home to travel the world and returns 14 years later to see the shipyard’s future in danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that has defined their existence and Fletcher realizes he left more behind than he could ever imagine. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello directs, the book is by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey and choreography is by Tony nominee Steven Hoggett.
UPDATE: ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack #1 On iTunes Now; Album Heats Up With Sting, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5
UPDATE, 1:10 PM: The Hunger Games soundtrack has hit #1 on the iTunes album chart.
PREVIOUS, UPDATED 2 AM: It went on sale on midnight Tuesday and it’s already #4 on the iTunes bestselling albums list, #5 on Amazon’s bestselling albums list, and #1 on Amazon’s bestselling soundtrack list.
Sting has recorded a track for Lionsgate’s and Universal Republic’s film companion album The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond. The 11-time Grammy-winning artist sings a version of the iconic “Lullaby” from the film. (In the story, Katniss sings the lullaby to her little sister Primrose, as well as to fellow Tribute Rue, to calm their fears.) The bonus track will be available March 27th via download but only if customers purchase the companion album. Other tracks include:
1. Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”
2. The Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
3. Neko Case – “Nothing To Remember”
4. Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars – “Safe & Sound”
5. Kid Cudi – “The Ruler and The Killer”
6. Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”
7. The Decemberists – “One Engine”
8. The Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Daughter’s Lament”
9. The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”
10. Glen Hansard – “Take The Heartland”
11. Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane – “Come Away To The Water”
12. Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies – “Run Daddy Run”
13. Jayme Dee – “Rules”
14. Taylor Swift – “Eyes Open”
15. The Low Anthem – “Lover Is Childlike”
16. Birdy – “Just A Game”
Bob Pittman has always loved splashy events, and his planned two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival certainly qualifies. Clear Channel says it will stage “the biggest live concert festival in radio history” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sept 23-24, with Ryan Seacrest hosting hitmakers including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Steven Tyler, The Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Usher and Sting. The goal is to “celebrate the launch of the New iHeartRadio,” Clear Channel’s online radio streaming service, with a festival that will reach “the largest combined U.S. radio and online audience ever,” says Pittman – a former MTV and AOL Time Warner honcho who’s now the No. 1 radio company’s chairman of media and entertainment platforms. The event, he adds, ”underscores Clear Channel’s transformation to a dynamic integrated media and entertainment company with an unmatched reach in the U.S.” Video and audio streams will be accessible at iHeartRadio.com and at all websites for Clear Channel’s radio stations. The New iHeartRadio will offer broadcast radio stations as well as Pandora-like free, customized services that will have no commercials at least to the end of this year. Seacrest calls the concert “a once-in-a-generation gathering of artists and fans from all over the country.” Tickets to the live event will go on sale July 16.
EXCLUSIVE: Celine Rattray is leaving her post as president of Mandalay Vision to partner with Trudie Styler in the launch of Maven Pictures, a Gotham-based film development, production and financing company. The Maven partners hope to produce three to five films per year and fund development and provide equity for films. Mandalay Vision was formed in 2010 and came out of the gate with the Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right. Rattray was one of the producers.
Rattray is bringing over her production team from Mandalay Vision, formed to produce and finance prestige pictures. Exiting staffers are Hardy Justice, who’ll be senior VP of production/development, Jenny Halper, who’ll be development executiv,e and Nic Marshall, who’ll be director of operations. Aside from The Kids Are All Right, Rattray and Mandalay Vision produced the Rachel Weisz-starrer The Whistleblower. Styler’s credits include the Guy Ritchie-directed Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Styler, the wife of musician Sting, also has her UK-based Xingu Films label, which is working on projects that include a Steve Zaillian-scripted adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. She was BAFTA-nominated for the Duncan Jones-directed Moon.
It wasn’t immediately clear what the next move is for Mandalay Vision or whether the company will remain in New York. I will update when I hear back from Mandalay chief Peter Guber.