Caesars Entertainment’s team led by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth along with lead producers Carl Stubner and Prem Akkaraju are developing Sharp Dressed Man, a rock musical featuring ZZ Top hits. The show is expected to open in 2020 in Las Vegas and will include ZZ Top members, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, as executive producers.
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 his merry band beer drinkers and hell raisers. Featuring ZZ Top’s most beloved songs including “Legs,” “La Grange,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Cheap Sunglasses,” Sharp Dressed Man is a rock musical with a wicked sense humor and a heart as big as Texas.
Producing the show with Caesars Entertainment are Carl Stubner, ZZ Top’s longtime manager and executive producer the documentary ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas and Prem Akkaraju, executive producer Tomorrowland: Ten Years Unity, Love, Madness and Magic on MTV and The White Tiger, feature film adaptation the Man Booker award-winning novel the same name.
The show’s book is written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins. The duo wrote the teleplays for Fox TV’s Emmy-winning Grease Live! as well as A Christmas Story Live! Tolins is known for the long-running f-Broadway hit Buyer & Cellar for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award. He also wrote the films The Twilight the Golds and Martian Child (written with Seth E. Bass). He is currently a Co-Executive Producer The Good Fight on CBS All Access. Cary is co-author Broadway’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Flashdance The Musical, and directed the films Ira and Abby and Anything But Love.
“We’re excited about this fantastic project and look forward to hearing our music in a new innovative context,” states ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. “Fans have ten told us that we’ve provided the soundtrack to their lives, and this is very much in line with that kind enthusiastic thinking.”
“ZZ Top holds a special place in American music history,” comments Jason Gastwirth, president entertainment at Caesars Entertainment. “Their songs incorporate rich imagery that lends itself to the narrative form. The addition Sharp Dressed Man to our already diverse entertainment lineup is exactly the component we are excited to welcome to the family for our guests.”
“We are at a time where Las Vegas is recognized to have some 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 the best songs a generation, with some great actors today, enabling us to have an incredibly creative and successful show in the future,” added Michael Gruber, chief new business ficer for Caesars Entertainment.
ZZ Top, whose lineup has remained constant since 1970, continues to be one the world’s top touring attractions. This past weekend they embarked on a run three sold-out concert dates on their home turf — Dallas, Houston, Austin – and have set an extensive tour schedule to follow throughout Europe and back in the United State this spring, summer and fall in connection with the ongoing celebration their 50th anniversary.