Canadian actor William Shatner, best known for hemming the bridge of the Starship Enterprise as Captain Kirk, is taking his one man show to Broadway.
As reported on Toronto.com, William Shatner is taking his one-man show, which he last performed in Toronto, to the Broadway Music Box Theatre for a short-run in February 2012 (the shows may run for two or three weeks). After the stint in New York, Shatner will 'boldly go' with the show across the USA in a fifteen-week tour. It is unknown whether other countries will be visited afterwards.
The stage show looks set to take the form of Montreal-born Shatner reciting his film and television memories and then taking questions from the audience in a Q&A session. Some of this will undoubtedly be based on his latest book "Shatner Rules", which is featured on his own website. The book, co-written with auto-biography, co-authored by Chris Regan, is subtitled "Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large"
The 80-year-old Shatner has had a variety of roles across television and film across his sixty-year career. Whilst Shatner had a hit television show in the 1980s as eponymous police officer T.J. Hooker, as well as a key role in Boston Legal (which won him two Emmy Awards), it is as Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the Star Trek television series and movies that the actor is best known and will long be remembered for.
The Star indicates that Shatner's Broadway show will be called "Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It". Apparently the show has been modified from the earlier shows in Canada, which were criticized for being somewhat rambling and over-long. The New York Post suggests that Shatner is engaging the services of a director in order to sharpen up his stage show.
Although the earlier Canadian shows had some teething troubles, in May 2011, Shatner was honoured with the Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Given his long career and important role in popular culture the shows could prove interesting and, at 80-years-old, these could prove to be Shatner's last main performances.