ZZ Top “Sharp Dressed Man” Rock Musical Coming To Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment’s team, led by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth, are working on a new ZZ Top rock musical called “Sharp Dressed Man.” The show is expected to premiere in Las Vegas next year and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard will all serve as executive producers. Prem Akkaraju and the band’s longtime manager Carl Stubner will also produce the musical. Furthermore, the show’s book was written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins.

Here’s an official description of “Sharp Dressed Man”:

“Sharp Dressed Man is an outrageous, bawdy musical romp about a Lone Star auto mechanic who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing hearts — and car parts — with the help of his merry band of beer drinkers and hell raisers.”

Gibbons said the following:

“We’re excited about this fantastic project and look forward to hearing our music in a new innovative context. Fans have often told us that we’ve provided the soundtrack to their lives, and this is very much in line with that kind of enthusiastic thinking.”

Akkaraju also commented:

“Pairing ZZ TOP’s iconic music with a Texas-version of the Robin Hood story delivers countless laugh-out-loud moments for audiences of of all ages. It’s an absolute blast.”

Stubner continued:

“I know firsthand that ZZ TOP is an enduring phenomenon; they’re now about to celebrate 50 years of rocking audiences around he world. The show that Prem, Michael, Jason and I envision will utilize the band’s music and tremendous energy for audiences in a new immersive realm. This, just like ZZ TOP, is all about having a good time at a great party and telling fun stories through their music.”

Gastwirth also commented:

“ZZ TOP holds a special place in American music history. Their songs incorporate rich imagery that lends itself to the narrative form. The addition of ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ to our already diverse entertainment lineup is exactly the component we are excited to welcome to the family for our guests.”

Gruber finished:

“We are at a time where Las Vegas is recognized to have some of the most amazing artists in the world from all eras, and we are excited to have the opportunity to bring to the stage a musical that has some of the best songs of a generation, with some great actors of today, enabling us to have an incredibly creative and successful show in the future.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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ZZ Top Announce 50th Anniversary North American Tour

ZZ Top have announced a 50th anniversary North American tour. The trek will include a number of dates with Cheap Trick and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Tour Dates:

Aug. 16 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre*
Aug. 17 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino Theater
Aug. 20 – Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome
Aug. 21 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle*
Aug. 23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre**
Aug. 24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion**
Aug. 25 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
Aug. 27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater
Aug. 28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*
Aug. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre*
Sep. 01 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre*
Sep. 04 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion”
Sep. 06 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Sep. 07 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Sep. 08 – Sterling Heights, MI-Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill*
Sep. 10 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights*
Sep. 11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion*
Sep. 13 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City BikeFest
Sep. 14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
Sep. 18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
Sep. 19 – Wamtagh. NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
Sep. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
Sep. 22 – Louisville, KY – Champions Park
Oct. 05 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*
Oct. 06 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion*
Oct. 09 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Cars Stadium*
Oct. 11 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee – Event Center*
Oct. 12 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival
Oct. 13 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre*
Oct. 15 – Augusta, GA – The James Brown Arena*
Oct. 16 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
Oct. 18 – Estero FL – Hertz Arena*
Oct. 19 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*
Oct. 20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre*

* with Cheap Trick
** with Lynyrd Skynyrd