For many established / classic rock acts, the next step from regular concert touring has become a residency at Vegas. Of course, there are only a select number of acts that can pull this off – you need to have a respected catalogue of hits, and name recognition. The next step after Vegas has become the jukebox musical. Foreigner is the most recent group to go that route. ZZ Top have now announced that they are working on a musical show titled ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ that’s set to open in Los Angeles in 2020.
Variety has described the play as an “outrageous, bawdy musical romp.” It will include some of the band’s better-known songs, such as, “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “La Grange,” “Legs” and “Cheap Sunglasses.” Band members Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard are acting as executive producers.
Gibbons said, “We’re feeling very good about the efforts of our producers and our manager Carl Stubner in putting this together.” He added, “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.”
Foreigner’s “Jukebox Hero” followed the story of a down-and-out character that found his comfort in music. ZZ Top’s musical follows a similar plot line. Variety reports that the show revolves around a vehicle mechanic who takes on the role of a Robin Hood character, “stealing hearts and car parts – with the help of a merry band of beer guzzlers and hell-raisers.” It was written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, who wrote the Grease Live! show.
“The show will utilize the band’s music and tremendous energy in a new immersive realm,” Stubner noted. “Just like ZZ Top, it’s all about having a good time at a great party and telling fun stories through their music.”