PBS, Sting make 'Last Ship' into first-rate television tonight

PBS stays on a Friday-night arts-programming roll with a "Great Performances" concert staging of Sting's upcoming musical "The Last Ship."

The musical, which opens in October on Broadway, is set in the working-class, shipyard world of Sting's childhood in Newcastle, England.

I wasn't that excited when I started the DVD screener, but about 15 minutes in, I was totally gone. The music and the stories Sting tells between songs are superb.

Check out this podcast preview I did of "Sting: The Last Ship" for WYPR-FM. Lisa Morgan is host and producer.

The 90-minute special was filmed last October at The Public Theater in New York.

Great Performances airs at 9 p.m. Friday on Maryland Public Television. Sign on afterward and let me know what you think.

I think you'll love seeing this side of Sting -- and the 14 outstanding musicians on stage with him.

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