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UPDATE Sting Dons Lead Role in Fledgling Broadway Musical 'The Last Ship' Tonight, Dec. 9

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Dec 09, 2014 06:28 PM EST

Tonight, Sting heeds the SOS call from his floundering Broadway production, The Last Ship and joins the cast stepping into the role of Jackie White. He replaces the original performer, Jimmy Nail, who was the 16-time Grammy winner's best friend.

A hard decision to fire your best friend, sure, but that bodes well for all who want to see the musician don a most personal role. The switch will continue through January 10 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

At Theater Mania, Sting said that the role of Jackie is "the core of the whole piece," he also added that taking to the stage is something he wants to do.

This comes as little surprise, though, as the singer's Broadway musical about the foreman of a shipyard, who encourage a group of builders to create one final vessel before their workplace is closed (a frighteningly relevant omen), has been struggling these past few weeks. While it opened strong, the ex-Police-man has been working hard to keep the ship afloat (excuse the pun).

On a lighter note, earlier this week, the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony took place and Sting was among one of the recipients of the prestigious distinction. Recepients include Tony winner Lily Tomlin, Tony nominees Tom Hanks and Al Green and New York City Ballet alum Patricia McBride.

An often "long" ceremony, Usher, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars helped breathe new life into the gala, which will broadcast on CBS December 30.

Unfortunately, this will be producer George Stevens, Jr.'s last ceremony with 37 go 'rounds in his pocket.

For now, let's hope Sting revives his childhood-inspired musical as its frontman. And check below for something else from the musician.

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