William Shatner has probably led one of the more remarkable lives experienced by any actor. Just about everyone on the planet knows of James T. Kirk. His portrayal of lawyer Denny Crane on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal” resulted in Emmy and Golden Globe honors. In 1989 he was the host of one of television’s first reality-based programs – “Rescue 911.”
Then there’s Shatner’s music. While his renditions of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “Mr. Tamborine Man” from his 1968 album, The Transformed Man, still entertain people today, Shatner has built a pretty impressive discography over the years. His 2004 effort – Has Been – was produced by Ben Folds and included a cover of Pulp’s “Common People” that featured a guest performance by Joe Jackson.
Shatner’s most recent album – Seeking Major Tom – includes guest performances by several artists including Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Ritchie Blackmore, Zakk Wylde, Bootsy Collins and Alan Parsons. Tracks include Shatner’s interpretations of rock classics such as Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home),” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The one-man show – “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It” – begins with three weeks on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre Feb. 14 – March 4. Then he warps to Los Angeles for the launch of his cross-country journey at the Pantages Theatre March 10. Other destinations include San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre March 11; Philadelphia at the Merriam Theater March 13, Minneapolis at Orpheum Theatre March 15, Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre March 16, Houston at Jones Hall March 23 and Detroit’s Opera House April 19.
“I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and playing for audiences across the country,” Shatner said. “It’s taken me 80 years to get this show right!”
Tickets for many shows go up this weekend. For more information, click here for Shatner’s Facebook page.