Sting reportedly gave a “heartfelt speech” about how the British monarchy changed his life. The 63-year-old Grammy-winning musician, who grew up in the north of England, opened up his musical The List Shop on Sunday, which centres on shipbuilders based near Newcastle. And at the debut, it’s claimed Sting told audience members why the production’s plot means so much to him.
'A huge Rolls-Royce passed carrying the queen — and she and him locked glances'
“He also made a lengthy, heartfelt speech about how the show was autobiographical,” a source told Page Six. “Sting said that when he was a boy, the royal family would come to Newcastle to launch the ships. It was a big deal. Once, when he was on the street, a huge Rolls-Royce passed carrying the queen — and she and him locked glances.”
Apparently Sting was so deeply moved by the presence of British monarchs, he made a choice as a young child to become a wealthy man.
“He said that he knew he would be getting out of Newcastle back then because, ‘I wanted to be in the f?**king Rolls-Royce',” he allegedly joked to the crowd.
A number of A-listers were in attendance at The List Shop opening on Broadway. Liam Neeson, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry, Edie Falco, Patti Scialfa and director Barry Levinson were said to be in attendance.
Sting’s wife Trudie Styler, along with two of his children, Joseph and Kate Sumner, were also present to lend support.
It’s claimed the show was a hit with the audience, as the performance received a standing ovation.
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