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Sting at Broadway’s ‘The Last Ship’ Opening: ‘I Was Infected’

Broadway musical “The Last Ship” is full of Sting’s music, but the opening night crowd got something most audiences don’t: Sting himself singing it.

The musician took to the stage during the curtain call of the Oct. 26 opening night performance to address a crowd filled with Broadway regulars — Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez — and music industry types likes Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. Before he joined the cast in an encore of the tuner’s title song, Sting thanked everyone from the musicians to his mum and dad to the Queen of England.

“Without her I don’t think I’d be here,” he explained of the Queen, and launched into a story about his childhood in Wallsend, the shipbuilding town in England where “Last Ship” takes place. Back in the day, when the shipping industry was a robust one in the U.K., British royalty used to see new ships off on their first journey out to sea, and once, when the Queen paraded through town on her way to the shipyards, young Sting caught the Queen’s eye and she waved at him from her fancy car.

“I was infected,” he remembered from the stage. “I didn’t want to be in this house. I didn’t want to be in this town. I didn’t want to wind up in the shipyards. I wanted bigger things. I wanted to be be in a fuckin’ car! So here I am.”

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(Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic.)

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