AceShowbiz - %cSting%'s semi-autobiographical Broadway musical "The Last Ship" is coming to a close. The stage production is scheduled to pull down the final curtain at the Neil Simon Theater in New York on January 24 due to lukewarm ticket sales.
"The Last Ship" cost $15 million to produce and an additional $625,000 or more to run each week. When the show almost collapsed in November, Sting was quickly tapped to join the cast in an attempt to give it a boost and save it from sinking.
Producers hoped to sell out tickets, but it fell short. Only 83 percent of seats were full with $953,165 gross last week during the holidays when some Broadway musicals set box office records and several others raked in over $1 million.
The show opened in September and will have played 29 previews and 105 regular performances when it ends later this month. "We have been bewildered and saddened by our inability to sustain an audience for this musical that we deeply love," producers Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker told New York Times. "There are no easy explanations."