Wednesday, 11 January 2012

William Shatner heads to Broadway with solo show...

Actor William Shatner, best known as Star Trek's Captain Kirk, is to return to Broadway after 50 years to stage a one-man show.

The 80-year-old will deliver a two-hour monologue in Shatner's World: We Just Live In It at the Music Box Theater.

The show is billed as a "voyage through Shatner's life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon".

He last appeared on Broadway in 1962, in the premiere of A Shot In The Dark.

The play, adapted from French playwright Marcel Achard's L'Idiote, later became the basis for a Pink Panther film.

Shatner played magistrate Paul Sevigne, and was praised for being the play's "straight man".

Following that role, Shatner branched out into film and television work, making guest appearances in shows including The Twilight Zone and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

But he did not find mainstream success until he landed the lead role in the original Star Trek TV series in 1966.

The sci-fi show led to a successful film series, and Shatner has also appeared in TV shows including TJ Hooker and Third Rock From The Sun.

He has also released a series of cult albums, featuring his spoken-word interpretations of hits like Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Common People and Space Oddity.

It has not been confirmed whether he will recite any of these songs on Broadway.

The show opens for previews on 14 February and closes on 4 March.

The theatre will then stage the first US production of hit West End show One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden.


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