Arts & Culture

William Shatner cancels Cedar Rapids show at Paramount

Sept. 28 show won't be rescheduled

Actor, author and philanthropist William Shatner has canceled his Sept. 28 event at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, because of scheduling conflicts. He was slated for a question-and-answer session with the audience after a showing of the 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” (Rory Lewis photo)
Actor, author and philanthropist William Shatner has canceled his Sept. 28 event at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, because of scheduling conflicts. He was slated for a question-and-answer session with the audience after a showing of the 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” (Rory Lewis photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — William Shatner’s “Live On Stage” show slated for Sept. 28 has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict.

Ticket holders are being notified and can request refunds at the point of purchase. Automatic refunds will be issued for tickets obtained online. For cash and check refunds, go to the Paramount Ticket Office, 123 Third Ave. SE, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 319-366-8203.

Shatner’s presentation includes a showing of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” followed by a Q&A with the star who played Starfleet Admiral James T. Kirk in the 1982 film.

“It’s among the most beloved of the ‘Star Trek’ films,” Shatner, 87, said in a recent phone interview from a horse show in Louisville, Ky., where he was indulging his other passion as an owner, rider and breeder of American Saddlebred horses.

“Here’s a bit of history to it. If we hadn’t made it, it’s quite possible the whole franchise would have stumbled and fallen. ‘Star Trek: the Movie’ had been made, and it wasn’t as successful as they wanted it to be, and they were entertaining the idea of just forgetting the whole thing,” he said.

But the head of Paramount Pictures listened to his wife, who urged her husband to make another film, Shatner said.

“He decided to follow (her) advice, turned it over to the television department, and they made this film much more cheaply than the other — but they had a good story with it. It intrigued the ‘Star Trek’ people.”

The movie resonated with Shatner, too.

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“I kid around and say ‘Star Trek V,’ which I directed and is another whole host of memories in itself, is my favorite. But this one (Kahn) and the whale one — ‘The Voyage Home’ — were really good.”

And while Kirk lives in the future, springing from his Riverside, Iowa, birthplace, Shatner’s reality is firmly planted in the present.

“It’s a really interesting evening when you see (‘The Wrath of Khan’), and then 35 years later, the actor who played in it comes out. It must be quite a shock to see what 35 years of gravity can do,” he said with a laugh. “I apologize immediately when I come out.”

The show is slated to play this week in Madison, Wis., Cincinnati and Akron, Ohio, then pick up again in January. He also is heading to Australia and New Zealand in October with his one-man show, “Shatner’s World,” which he performed in Cedar Rapids in January 2014.

Other recent projects include a country album, “Why Not Me,” released in August, and “Shatner Claus — The Christmas Album,” due out Oct. 26. His latest book, “Live Long And ...: What I Learned Along the Way” was released Sept. 4.

“I’m very proud of what’s coming up,” he said.

And even though he’s had star turns in television’s “T.J. Hooker,” “Boston Legal” and the recent “Better Late Than Never,” he’ll always be grateful for his forays into space, the final frontier.

“Everything that’s happened and happening to me is as a result of ‘Star Trek,’” he said, “and I never forget it. I’ll be grateful ’til I die, which may be tomorrow.”

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