Sting is hoping his star power can save his Broadway musical The Last Ship.
The singer-songwriter will play the role of a foreman in the show starting December 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical, for which Sting supplied songs and lyrics, has been struggling at the box office.
The show, with no other big-name stars, brought in only 536,000 dollars (£342,000) last week, less than half its 1,243,000 dollar (£792,000) potential. The theatre was 60 per cent full.
The Last Ship is a semi-autobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns to his northern England shipbuilding town to reclaim the girl he abandoned when he fled years before.
Sting, born Gordon Sumner, drew on his childhood, growing up in Newcastle. He was last onstage on Broadway in 1989's revival of The Threepenny Opera.