Last Ship set to be sunk in blow to Sting

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GRAMMY Award-win­ning singer-song­writer Sting’s Broad­way mu­si­cal is to close, pro­duc­ers say.

Sting, who wrote the songs for jumped into the show in De­cem­ber, re­plac­ing Jimmy Nail as a ship­yard fore­man.

While that im­proved sales, they did not skyrocket and

will now close when Sting leaves the show on Jan­uary 24.

The pro­duc­tion is a semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal story about a prodi­gal son who re­turns to his north 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.

The show has strug­gled at the box of­fice, said in part to be due to its chal­leng­ing topic.

Sting, born Gor­don Sum­ner, drew on his child­hood grow­ing up in New­cas­tle for in­spi­ra­tion.

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