Sting joins his show 'The Last Ship' on Broadway

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy Award winner Sting has jumped aboard his Broadway musical "The Last Ship" hoping to right a show that's been listing dangerously at the box office.

A bearded Sting got a standing ovation and a bouquet of roses Tuesday at the Neil Simon Theatre after playing the role of a foreman in the musical.

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

The show had no bankable stars until now. It got mixed reviews and lackluster box office receipts. Sting hopes he can help raise the weekly take to at least $625,000, which would put it in the black. Last week it made $492,000.