By Per Liljas
November 24, 2014

Sting will take the leading role of the musical The Last Ship between Dec. 9 and Jan. 10 in a bid to boost failing ticket sales.

The show, for which Sting wrote both music and lyrics, has been losing $75,000 a week since it premiered on Sept. 29 and risks having its Broadway run cut short, reports the New York Times.

“I’ve been working on this show for five years and been at every rehearsal, every performance, so it’s not like I’ve flown in from Planet Rock Star to save the day,” Sting said in an interview Sunday.

The lead producer of The Last Ship, Jeffrey Seller, hopes that Sting’s appearance will boost award chances.

“Our goal is to win the Tony” for best musical, he said.

Sting is expected to make his official announcement at a Monday appearance on NBC’s Today show.

[NYT]

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