Sting Joins the Cast of His Broadway Show ‘The Last Ship’
Broadway audiences haven’t shown much of an interest in Sting‘s new musical, but he isn’t letting ‘The Last Ship’ go down without a fight.
As previously reported, grosses for the show have come in well below the level a Broadway production needs to reach in order to sustain itself financially; in fact, some reports suggest that with overall attendance at around only 60 percent of capacity, ‘The Last Ship’ is taking in less than its budget.
To help remedy the situation, Vintage Vinyl News reports that Sting will be joining the cast starting Dec. 9, taking over the role of shipyard foreman Jackie White from Jimmy Nail. As VVN notes, this won’t be Sting’s first Broadway run; in 1989, he was part of a production of ‘The Threepenny Opera.’
The former Police frontman’s first non-classical, non-holiday solo project after an extended hiatus, ‘The Last Ship’ arrived in album form in the fall of 2013, offering up a set of songs that drew on Sting’s childhood memories to explore “themes of homecoming and self-discovery” against the backdrop of a shuttering shipyard. While not up to Sting’s sales standards in most parts of the world, it has been certified double platinum in Poland, which might suggest a future for the stage show in Eastern Europe.
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