By Vince Gerasole

CHICAGO (CBS) — Every breath he takes seems to captivate crowds. Now rock superstar Sting is spending the summer in Chicago, tweaking a new musical he’s written that’s bound for the Broadway stage.

CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports this time his music is more personal, telling tales of those who worked the English shipyards near his childhood home.

“I was born and raised in a shipyard and I escaped when I was a teenager. I didn’t want to work in the shipyard,” said Sting.

The rock superstar went on to sell 100 million albums. But he’s now taking his latest release, “The Last Ship,” into the uncharted waters of a musical stage production.

“No endeavor without risk is worth doing. It has to involve risk,” said Sting.

Sting says his life is unconsciously reflected in the work.

“I reveal a lot about myself by accident. It’s about a character who comes back from exile to rejoin the community and face a lot of ghosts.”

With the pre-Broadway production mounted here in the coming weeks, Sting is setting up house in Chicago, giving us a glimpse into his everyday life.

Sting says being a rock superstar is all it’s cracked up to be.

“I have a very wonderful and privileged life,” he said.

Those in the production say Sting is very generous with his time, and quite open to the collaborative process.

“The Last Ship” will play at The Bank of America Theater from June 10th to July 13.

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