Contrary to rumormongering in the daily rags yesterday, the publicist for the Sting-scored Broadway musical The Last Ship insisted that the revered rocker will not be joining the cast in a bid to boost the sagging box office.
Although that move did work for Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who stepped into the role of St. Jimmy in American Idiot and pushed the weekly take north of $1 million, Sting apparently has no plans to do the same. “Sting is having the time of his life—he’s in for a penny, in for a pound,” says the spokesman, confirming that the ex-Police crooner is a fixture at the Neil Simon Theatre, attending multiple performances a week.
Sure, we’d love to see Sting on Broadway cheek by jowl with fellow Geordie Jimmy Nail, but we honestly don’t know what role he’d take on that wouldn’t be totally distracting. The dying Irish priest who rallies the shipwrights to take back their work? Michael Esper’s rival love interest? The bitter, disabled father who alienates his son? A misjudged stunt could capsize, not bail out, the troubled production.