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Sting playing Public Theater benefits in Manhattan

Sting will release his "The Last Ship" album

Sting will release his "The Last Ship" album on Sept. 24, 2013. Credit: Frank Ockenfels

Sting will roll out his upcoming album “The Last Ship” (Cherrytree/Interscope) with 10 benefit concerts for The Public Theater, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9.

“The Public Theater, a New York institution committed to supporting all of the city's distinct communities, was a natural fit to perform this material that is, at its core, about the importance of community,” Sting said in a statement. His new album is music inspired by “The Last Ship,” his upcoming musical “The Last Ship” about the shipbuilding industry in Newcastle that is set to open on Broadway next year.

Tickets for the concerts in The Public’s intimate 260-seat Anspacher Theater will be $250-$2,500 and go on sale to the public at 10 p.m. Sunday. American Express cardholders can buy pre-sale tickets starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. In keeping with The Public Theater’s tradition of offering equal access to its sought-after events, a limited number of free tickets will be available through a lottery held at the theater before each show.

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