Legendary singer, songwriter and bassist gives up royalties, may join cast to salvage Broadway musical
By Mindy Rochwerg
November 17, 2014
The Broadway musical, The Last Ship, partly inspired by Sting’s upbringing in a northeast England town and featuring his music and lyrics, is floundering, and Sting is doing what he can to keep it afloat.
According to the New York Daily News, the show opened on October 26 with less than $3 million in advance ticket sales. Producers were hoping for an increase in sales once word of the show spread. The reviews, however, were mixed at best. After the New York Times referred to the show as “unfocused and diffuse,” sales continued to disappoint, with the day after opening night bringing in only $100,000 instead of the hoped for $300,000.
In an attempt to help the show survive, Sting has reportedly given up the royalties he was to get for his music and lyrics, to which he would have been entitled no matter the amount of sales. It is estimated that these royalties would have amounted to approximately $10,000 per week.
Sting has also been spending a lot of time at the theater, in particular, backstage, in order to keep up the morale of the cast, telling them that they “are not going down without a fight.” He himself may join the cast in January and February, which are typically very difficult months for Broadway.
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