Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Last Ship Sinks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Last Ship Sinks

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Byline: Sam Wonfor Reporter sam.wonfor@ncjmedia

SUPERSTAR Sting's Broadway musical is to close, producers have said. Sting, who wrote The Last Ship, took over from Jimmy Nail as the musical's shipyard foreman narrator in December in a bid to halt falling ticket sales.

And while that improved sales, New York's hard-to-please audiences still failed to turn up in sufficient numbers and the show will now close when Sting leaves on January 24.

The production 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.

He finds the workers are now unemployed and entertaining the idea of building one last boat to show off their skill and pride.

The show has struggled at the box office, attributable in part to its challenging topic and mixed reviews. It did well over Christmas, however.

But a long February loomed without tourists to swell the ranks in the audience or Sting to draw crowds. …

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