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Sting Announces He Will Join the Cast of 'The Last Ship' on Broadway

By Jon Sobel j.sobel@classicalite.com on Nov 24, 2014 02:27 PM EST

Sting confirmed this morning that he will join the cast of his well-reviewed but financially struggling semi-autobiographical Broadway musical The Last Ship.

Sting will take on the role of shipyard foreman Jackie White, currently occupied by his "best friend" Jimmy Nail, another performer with a rock music background. "Big shoes to fill, but he's passed me the baton for five weeks," the rock legend and former Police bassist and lead singer told Matt Lauer on TODAY this morning.

"This is the right thing to do at this point in time," he and Nail agreed.

"I'm also going to be taking on the female lead in the show," joked Lauer. Now that might really sell some tickets.

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