William Shatner is Back on Broadway

by Sarah Haueisen

Actor William Shatner, best known for his role as the iconic Captain Kirk on the TV series “Star Trek”, is returning to Broadway for the first time in fifty years.  After a limited engagement at the Music Box Theatre, Shatner will take his one-man-show, “Shatner’s World: We All Just Live In It”, on the road for a national tour.   Directed by Scott Faris, the production proclaims, “Mr. Shatner will be taking attendees on a wild ride through his life and career and singing songs as only he can”.

Autobiographical shows such as “Shatner’s World” have proven to be successful components of the repertoire on the Great White Way.  Shows like “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me” (December 2006 – January 2007) and Liza Minelli’s “Liza’s at the Palace” (December 2008 – January 2009) set precedents as Tony-winners.  Apparently, this style of show is a crowd-pleaser: the most recent one-man show to hit Broadway, starring Hugh Jackman, had a sold-out run.

With a career spanning over seven decades, William Shatner has a life well-suited to be shared on the Broadway stage.  His television career includes roles from many popular and classic television shows such as “The Twilight Zone”, “Third Rock From the Sun”, “The Practice”, and “Boston Legal”. Shatner has four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and two SAG Award nominations under his belt, as well as has earned two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.

Although many celebrities choose to present autobiographical accounts of their experiences through books, Shatner possesses the ability to convey his experiences to an audience in a theatrical setting.  The addition of songs to his autobiographical production will certainly will certainly spice up Shatner’s memoirs, and help to draw in Captain Kirk fans and theatregoers alike. Previews at the Music Box Theatre begin February 14th and opening day is February 16th.

Sarah is a contributing writer. Email her at theater@nyunews.com.

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