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Sting Sets Sail On 'The Last Ship'




Sting (center) with the cast of
Sting (center) with the cast of "The Last Ship" at the Ahmanson Theatre.
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On today's show:

How To Build A Ship — And A Show

(Starts at 7:45)

While the jukebox musical has taken over Broadway, Sting has made it clear he won’t be putting his greatest hits into a show. But for the past few years, he has been re-tooling a production that explores the themes of his youth, and revisits a few forgotten demons from his early years. "The Last Ship," now at the Ahmanson Theater, is centered around the northern English port town of Wallsend, where Sting (nee Gordon Sumner) was born and raised, and the historic fight to save the local shipyard. After a Broadway run in 2014, Sting and his collaborators have revised the show. He now plays the supporting character of Jackie White, a devoted foreman of the shipyard. Steven Cuevas caught up with Sting backstage at the Ahmanson. 

Winding Down To The Oscars

(Starts at :45)

The Writers Guild of America gave out its top prizes this weekend to Taika Waititi for "JoJo Rabbit" (Adapted Screenplay) and "Parasite" (Original Screenplay). Meanwhile, across the pond, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts named "1917" as Best Picture. So what does all that mean for this Sunday's Academy Awards? John Horn talks it through with guest host Steven Cuevas.

The Sound of '1917'

(Starts at 19:45)

At the Academy Awards, picking the winners for best sound mixing and sound editing is often a subjective choice. But for the Oscar-nominated sound team behind the movie “1917,” subjectivity was the order of the day. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving has the story.