posted January 06, 2015 09:28 AM
Sting's 'The Last Ship' to Close on Broadway
Musical will close on Jan. 24 despite the rock legend's attempts to boost ticket sales by appearing in the show he composed
The Last Ship is set to sail off into the distance. The producers behind the Sting-penned musical said the Broadway production will close on Jan. 24, The New York Times reported.
The news of the closure comes despite Sting joining the cast last month  in a late effort to boost flagging ticket sales and drum up much needed publicity. The show cost $15 million to produce with $625,000 or more weekly running costs, and producers in the end couldn't make the numbers work.
The Last Ship's producers, Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker, shared the news of the closure in an email seen by the Times on Monday night to members of the production and other supporters. “We have been bewildered and saddened by our inability to sustain an audience for this musical that we deeply love," they said in the email, adding: “There are no easy explanations.”
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The demise of The Last Ship is all the more remarkable given that it was one of the most buzzworthy and hotly anticipated new musicals this season. The creative team behind it had a track record of success and included Wicked's Joe Mantello as well as Seller, who has won Tony awards for Rent and Avenue Q.
The musical was Sting's first to hit Broadway, and the early reviews were mixed at best, with the rock icon's score garnering critical praise and the book receiving less positive notices upon the show opening in October.
Sting's decision to join the cast in early December led to a doubling of box office, but the numbers still fell short: Only 83 percent of seats were full last week, one of the busiest weeks on Broadway. The Times report also said that before Sting joined the production as a player, The Last Ship was losing $75,000 a week. That scenario would likely have continued after the English singer's final scheduled performance, now the show's final performance, on Jan. 24.