Sting is Broadway bound!
On ‘The Today Show’ this morning, the musician, 63, announced he will be joining the cast of The Last Ship — a show Sting created based on his own childhood in England — for five weeks starting on Dec. 9.
The “Message in a Bottle” rocker will be playing the part of shipyard foreman Jackie White, a role currently occupied by his close friend, Jimmy Nail.
“Big shoes to fit,” Sting told Matt Lauer on Monday, Nov. 24. “But he’s passed me the baton for five weeks.”
Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, at ‘The Last Ship’ pre-Broadway world premiere in June 2014 in Chicago.
“I didn’t think I would do this,” he said of the new role. “But having been to every performance, every rehearsal, I feel I’ve earned my place in the cast. I’ve done it. I know it.”
Sting also admitted he hopes his performance will bring some positive publicity to the struggling musical. According to ‘The New York Times,’ the show has been losing approximately $75,000 per week since its Sept. 29 opening.
This isn’t the first time Sting has appeared on the Great White Way — he previously starred as Macheath in 1989’s ‘Threepenny Opera.’
Sting after a performance of ‘Threepenny Opera’ in 1989.