William Shatner is pushing for a Star Trek musical

The actor hopes to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary with a special and some songs.

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What rhymes with "Triskelion"? Songwriters might be asking themselves that very question if William Shatner has his way. The Star Trek actor has been on the media circuit of late, showing up at the CMAs, mocking Star Wars fans, teasing a biography of Leonard Nimoy, prepping for a fan cruise. Oh, and of course there is the matter of Star Trek's upcoming 50th anniversary.

Speaking to The Guardian, the erstwhile Captain Kirk spills that he has been pushing to do a 50th anniversary special in 2016. 

“I’m attempting to sell a 50th anniversary show, but so far I’ve had very little luck. Maybe because Paramount’s going to do their own – but I don’t know how they can do their own without me. I’ve never been contacted… I’ve been actively trying to do a 50th anniversary show … We had a big company say: ‘What about a musical or a music variety show?’ That got some traction – but nothing’s come of it yet.”

Our mind immediately fills with ideas for such a show. Taylor Swift singing "Tribbles" to the tun of her "Trouble"? While we welcome celebration of the half-century mark, the notion of a little song and dance might not be apt for the occasion. A larger Broadway production is another matter. Would you watch a Star Trek musical?

Star Trek

  • 10/23 10:00PMFor the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
    "The Enterprise must deflect an asteroid on a collision course with an inhabited planet, but discover the asteroid is a spaceship with a population unaware of the outside world."
  • 10/30 10:00PMCatspaw
    "When a landing party disappears and one man is beamed up dead, Kirk and Spock investigate and meet a pair of aliens who seem capable of performing magic."
  • 11/6 10:00PMThe Tholian Web
    "When the Enterprise investigates the disappearance of another starship, they lose Kirk in a dimensional interphase and must deal with a hostile alien race while trying to recover him."
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One thing that is likely certain is that such a production will not include Shatner singing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," as he did on his 1968 album The Transformed Man

He also explained that he has never seen an episode of Star Trek. Bill, it's on MeTV every Saturday night!

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