Sting is set to join the cast of The Last Ship, a Broadway musical in which he wrote the music and lyrics, December 9th through January 10th.
The Police frontman is slated to replace actor and friend Jimmy Nail and perform eight shows a week during the lucrative holiday season in hopes to boost ticket sales. The New York Times (NYT) reports that the $15 million show has been losing $75,000 a week since its opening on September 29th and is considered a flop despite mixed reviews.
The NYT says that the show has been grossing between $500,000 and $600,000 per week without Sting which is considered low for a show created by a famous act. The Last Ship needs to gross at least $625.000 to maintain longevity and break even, but it’s unlikely ticket sales will stay strong after Sting leaves and return to touring with Paul Simon in New Zealand on January 30th.
The goal is to keep the show running through June in hopes of winning a Tony Award, so lead producer Jeffery Seller asked the famous musician to step in and help. “We need a boost, we need a break through, we need some ammo,” he states as he points to Sting during a NYT interview.
Sting is expected to make an official announcement during an appearance on NBC’s Today Show on Monday (Nov 24th). He will also perform during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC on Thursday (Nov 27th).
The play, in which Sting has been creatively immersed for nearly three years, made its Broadway debut in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; Wicked, Other Desert Cities), John Logan (writer; Red, Skyfall)) and Brian Yorkey (writer; Next to Normal). The Last Ship tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community.
Sting also released The Last Ship album on CD and LP last year through Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records. A live DVD capturing Sting in an intimate evening of music and storytelling filmed on his birthday, during a run of 10 benefit concerts performed at The Public Theater in New York City is also available.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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