SINGER Sting showed up to support an Irish theatre group in New York.
The former Police star attended a benefit for Fallen Angels, an all-women's group headed up by Aedin Moloney, daughter of Chieftains legend Paddy Moloney.
New York's new mayor Bill de Blasio mingled with guests at the event in a Park Avenue penthouse held to honour the Druid Theatre's Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony – Broadway's top award – for directing.
Sting, who turned up with his wife Trudy Styler, said it was "a great party".
The couple have been friends with the Moloneys since 1995, when Sting sang 'Sé mo Laoch mo Ghile Mear' in Irish on Chieftains album 'The Long Black Veil'.
The night featured acting by Aedin and a performance on the tin whistle by Paddy Moloney.
Despite having almost lost her voice, Aedin performed the powerful Molly Bloom monologue that has made her a fixture at New York's annual Bloomsday celebrations in her adopted city.
"Sting came up to me afterwards and said it was wonderful," Moloney croaked afterwards.
Hynes, in receiving her award, predicted: "There's going to be a woman writer who's going to blow theatre open and Fallen Angels may be the company who finds that writer. If we do, Aedin and I will co-produce."
She then dropped the glass sculpture to the floor as it was being handed over.
But it didn't break, and she didn't let that put her off. It was just another test of a production that was more than all right on the night.