British rocker Sting is heading to Broadway to take over the lead role in his show The Last Ship from singer/actor Jimmy Nail.

The Police star was recently rumoured to be considering stepping in to give ticket sales a boost after slow box office takings in the weeks since the show's opening on 26 October (14).

Sting has now confirmed he is to join the cast throughout the festive season, taking over Nail's role from 9 December (14) and performing eight shows a week until 10 January (15).

He tells the New York Times, "I've been working on this show for five years and been at every rehearsal, every performance, so it's not like I've flown in from Planet Rock Star to save the day... (I would bare my butt) in MACy's (department store) if it will help our show... I didn't assume it would be (a piece of) cake coming to Broadway with an original musical. But it's only become clearer to me that nothing's guaranteed... I know all the lines and lyrics after all these years... I want to have a hit. I want it to be hugely successful."

The Last Ship's producer Jeffrey Seller adds of the decision to bring Sting into the cast, "Our goal is to win the Tony (Award)... We need a boost, we need to break through, we need some ammo."