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With events like this, Detroit’s theater scene will never be boring

Detroit is known for many things: cars, Motown music and its creativity. After all, we are home to the largest population of designers and engineers around. So it should come as no surprise to find that we also have lots of creative ideas – and shows – in our theaters.

Here’s the latest one that amazes me. In April, Detroit’s Opera House will be the last stop on William Shatner’s one-man show. Yes, you read that right. Shatner – the man who gave life to James T. Kirk and … well, I’d like to list all of his other accomplishments, but I’m pretty sure that Kirk thing tops the list.

OK – I’ll give the guy some credit. 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 and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods.

The tour is noteworthy not only for its celebrity, but for its uniqueness. Would you really expect to see this show in Detroit? Would you expect to see something so unique among the classic offerings at the Opera House? I was pleasantly surprised when I got the email outlining the show. This is the kind of place where you would think stuffy reigns supreme — after all, they do opera, right? They do ballet as well. And now they have Shatner. That’s awesome.

What was nice is that the email also offered me early tickets because I signed up for the Opera House’s emails…something I highly recommend doing if you haven’t already. Gotta love a discount or a preview of coming events to make you seem like you’re in the know. And then you can brag about it on Facebook.

Detroit also got the privilege (if you can call it that) of hosting the first show of the Charlie Sheen tour. Unfortunately, all reports through the news and social-media sites I follow called that one a dud of epic proportions. Even People magazine had to pan it…let’s hope Shatner has a little something more to offer.

The show is called “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It.” The two-hour show takes you through the actor’s life and career as a singer and performer. For example, did you know he started as a Shakespearean stage actor? Truly, he is known for his large personality as much as the film and television work he has done.

The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film.

Here’s my favorite part of the press release, kindly sent to me via the Detroit Opera House. It’s a stellar quote from Shatner himself: “I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and playing for audiences across the country. … It’s taken me 80 years to get this show right!”

The tour starts March 10 in Los Angeles (at the famous Pantages Theatre), winds its way through Philly, Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Charlotte and then Detroit. The last stop here will happen April 19 at the Opera House.

If you want more information – and why wouldn’t you? – then check out these sites. For tour updates follow @WilliamShatner or on Facebook at