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Sting briefly jumps ‘Ship’ for James Taylor tribute show

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Sting, center, takes curtain call on Dec. 9, when he joined the cast of ‘The Last Ship.’Walter McBride/WireImage Sting, center, takes curtain call on Dec. 9, when he joined the cast of ‘The Last Ship.’

Sting is the hardest-working man in show business when it comes to his Broadway show, “The Last Ship.”

The former Police front man, who took over earlier this month as the lead in a bid to save his struggling show from folding, was set to appear in two unrelated tribute performances Monday night, but also had to sandwich a Broadway showtime at the Neil Simon Theatre smack in the middle.

Sting committed to a one-night-only tribute to James Taylor at 54 Below on W. 54th St., where he was set to perform Taylor’s “Shower the People” at the 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows.

“He will do the early show, then 15 minutes later run two blocks south for a special New Year’s week performance of “The Last Ship,” a show organizer told Confidenti@l shortly before the performer’s harrowing night was set to begin. “After the Broadway curtain call, he will run back up to 54 Below, with 15 minutes to spare, to perform the Taylor song one more time before the end of the late show at 54 Below.”

Our source says Sting stuck to the commitment because he’s a huge Taylor fan.

“They have tribute nights, they’ve done Dolly Parton. He wanted to do it because he’s a musicologist; he knows everything about music,” says our insider. “Sting will be running over with one of his castmates from the Broadway show.”

There’s no way Sting was going to miss a performance in “The last Ship,” in which he began starring Dec. 9, and will continue for a month. He wrote the music and lyrics and then joined the play — which deals with his childhood — after struggling ticket sales threatened to shut the show down.

The 63-year-old also waived any royalties he would collect from the show while he championed the project and sat in the audience nearly every night before joining the cast.

The $ 14 million musical opened Oct. 26 with less than $ 3 million in advance ticket sales. Producers were sure that after the reviews of the show, which were mixed, sales would increase.

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