Sting boosts ailing Broadway show

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Published: Monday 24th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship on Broadway.

The singer-songwriter will play the role of a foreman onstage in his musical The Last Ship, starting from December 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

The show, for which Sting supplied songs and lyrics, has been struggling at the box office.

The show, which features no big stars, brought in only 536,000 dollars (£342,219) last week, less than half its 1.2 million dollar (£766,000) potential. The theatre was 60% full.

The Last Ship is a semi-autobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns to his shipbuilding town to reclaim the girl he abandoned when he fled years before.

Former Police star Sting, born Gordon Sumner, drew on his childhood growing up in Newcastle. He was last onstage on Broadway in 1989’s revival of The Threepenny Opera.

Published: Monday 24th November 2014 by The News Editor

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