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Sting Boards the Cast of His Musical “The Last Ship”

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    Sting, seen here on Nov. 24 outside the Neil Simon Theater, where his musical "The Last Ship" is now playing.

    Your chance to see Sting on Broadway again is finally here.

    The 16-time Grammy winner and frontman of The Police, who made his Broadway acting debut in the 1989 revival of “Threepenny Opera,” will join the cast of “The Last Ship,” the musical about struggling shipyard town in England for which he wrote the music and lyrics.

    Sting’s limited run in the show begins Dec. 9 and goes through Jan. 10, 2015. He’ll play Jackie White, the shipyard foreman originated on Broadway by Jimmy Nail.

    "We have spent five years working on ‘The Last Ship’ and I have relished every moment of that process," said Sting, in a statement. "It is my distinct honor to join this remarkable cast and play the part of Jackie until I pass the baton back to Jimmy."

    “The Last Ship” opened to mixed reviews, and has been struggling at the box office in recent weeks. The production played only to 61.6 percent capacity for the week ending Nov. 16, grossing only $536,449 — over $100K less than it needs to cover its overhead costs.

    This won’t be the first time Sting has performed the songs found in “The Last Ship.” He originally released his own recordings on a 2013 album of the same name.

    This also won’t be the first time Sting has performed with the cast of “The Last Ship” either. The musician was joined by Nail for a special PBS “Great Performances” series filmed at the Public Theater last year.

    He also often joins "The Last Ship" cast for the annual Saturday Night Scream, a tradition on 52nd Street where the casts from the August Wilson Theater and the Neil Simon Theater perform for five minutes before their Saturday night shows. Here is Sting and the cast doing “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” last month: