William Shatner beams down to TPAC

William Shatner

Television and movie legend William Shatner brings his one man show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on Saturday, January 12, at 8 pm. The 90-minute show takes audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film.

“Performing for audiences on the road has been one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had as an actor,” said Shatner. “My fans are the best in the world and I can’t wait.”

Shatner is an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist and horseman. He appeared on Broadway in A Shot in the Dark, The World of Suzie Wong, and Tamburlaine the Great.

In a phone conversation from Los Angeles Shatner said:

“Know that this one-man show is filled with laughter, with tears. I riff on music, I riff on horses, on comedy, on love, on skiing—a lot of stuff that you will find entertaining and filled with thought.”

Shatner also spoke about “going to JPL and seeing the Mars Rover in action.”

In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series Star Trek, which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven movies, one of which he directed.

Star Trek ended in the summer of 1969, just as Neil Armstrong prepared to walk on the moon.

“Those moments, landing on the moon, which I do deal with in the one-man show, and landing this particular instrument on Mars—these are milestones in human history, and they need to be commented on, which I do in the one-man show.”

He played the title role in the hit series T.J. Hooker before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911. He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal. His interview series, Shatner’s Raw Nerve, aired on Bio.

He recorded the critically acclaimed album Has Been right here in Nashville. The Milwaukee Ballet performed Common People, set to songs from the record, and featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet, which was a smash at the Nashville Film Festival. Shatner has authored nearly 30 bestsellers. His 2008 autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best seller, and Shatner Rules was released in 2011. A dedicated breeder of American ‘quarter horses,’ he has had enormous success with the American Saddle bred. Riding world champions has won numerous world championships in several events, and Shatner has a horse farm in Kentucky.

And no, there is nothing this man does not do. Tickets for the TPAC performance start at $25 and are on sale now at www.tpac.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville.