Rock star Sting buoys ‘The Last Ship’ with Broadway role

Grammy-winning rock star Sting has boosted ticket sales of his Broadway musical “The Last Ship” and won praise for his performance as a foreman in the show based on his childhood in a shipbuilding town in northeast England.

“The Last Ship,” the first Broadway musical written by Sting, opened on Oct. 26 to mixed reviews, winning praise for his rousing score but losing points for its confused, tangled story.

Ticket sales flagged, with the show losing a reported $75,000 a week since previews began, and the former front man of rock group the Police announced he would join the cast for a limited time.

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