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11/01/2011 8:23 PM -

John Leguizamo – live on stage --
in Broadway smash hit “Ghetto Klown”

Corpus Christi American Bank Center Selena Auditorium, February 14
Tickets on sale Friday November 4 - visit ghettoklown.com,
(November 1, 2011) --John Leguizamo will perform, live on stage, his Broadway smash hit “Ghetto Klown”, directed by Fisher Stevens, on a five-city tour of Texas in February 2012.  This will be the first time that he has performed in these cities since his record breaking tour of “SEXAHOLIX … a love story” eight years ago.  The venues include Paramount Theatre in Austin February 9-11; American Bank Center Selena Auditorium in Corpus Christi on February 14; The Majestic Theatre in Dallas February 16-18; The McAllen Civic Auditorium in McAllen on February 21; and the Worthan Center Cullen Theatre in Houston February 23-25.
Leguizamo said, “I love that all my peoples are showing up to witness the latest chapter of my life on stage; I want to keep this show open until I’ve messed up my 10 year old son enough for him to be my understudy.”  
Conceived and performed by Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo and directed by Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens, “Ghetto Klown”is presented by WestBeth Entertainment. 
Tickets go on sale Friday November 4; ticket information can be found at ghettoklown.com, www.twitter.com/ghettoklownTickets are available at the American Bank Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Additional fees may apply.  or www.facebook.com/ghettoklown.
“Ghetto Klown” is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s popular personal and professional story.  It is his fifth one-man play, his third on Broadway, and follows in the uninhibited tradition of his “Mambo Mouth,” “Spic-O-Rama,” “Freak,” and “Sexaholix … a Love Story.”  In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters who have populated his life.  He takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
Leguizamo explains, ““Ghetto Klown”is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would never want the general public to know.  It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It’s like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet.”
Currently performing the piece six performances a week at Charing Cross Theatre in London (Oct 25-Nov 12, 2011), Leguizamo just completed a sensational engagement in Los Angeles – where the Los Angeles Times said that he is “a nuclear performer, ricocheting around the stage as though he had been shot out of a pistol! This dancing dynamo and ace mimic, provides a tour --the high points and lows -- of his career in showbiz in his hip-hop version of the talking cure.”
On Broadway, the New York Times said that “Ghetto Klown” is ”hilarious and irresistible - Leguizamo has the energy of a 12 year old who just downed a Red Bull and a jumbo package of Twinkies as he bops, boogies and break-dances across the stage re-living his rollicking  subway ride of life from obscurity to celebrity in Hollywood and New York."  

The Huffington Post said it's “Painfully Funny" and the New York Daily News called it "Wildly Entertaining!"  The New Yorker said, “He has sabor: tasty, textured, and very funny… It adds up to a vivid, generous, irresistible evening of multi-cultural mischief.”
“Ghetto Klown” was showcased in earlier incarnations in cities including Philadelphia, New Haven, Santa Fe, Louisville, La Jolla, Berkeley, Toronto, and at Montreal’s Just for LaughsFestival.

WESTBETH ENTERTAINMENT, Arnold Engelman—President,is a producing organization that has successfully and consistently produced critically acclaimed, financially successful, groundbreaking entertainment for 30 years. From Billy Connolly to Eddie Izzard, John Leguizamo to The Jim Henson Company, Lewis Black to The Family Guy, WestBeth has been the creative catalyst, partner and producer of some of the most innovative productions in North America. Productions include Eddie Izzard’s Dress To Kill, Circle, Sexie, and Stripped—a 35 city US Tour, and his 2010 US Arena tour, Billy Connolly’s Too Old To Die Young tour in America and Canada, Lewis Black’s Nothing Sacred show at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as Lewis’ Dual Citizenship Tour in Canada, Tommy Tiernan US dates, Dylan Moran US dates, Christopher Titus’ NEVERLUTION, Shaun Majumder’s Canada Tour, and Billy Connolly Live in Seattle, Boston, Chicago and his 2010 Canada tour ‘The Man Live’. Most recent productions include John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown on Broadway, Los Angeles and London, Eddie Izzard’s Stripped to on the Shore at the Shoreline Amphitheater and Stripped to the Bowl at Hollywood Bowl and Henson Alternative’s Stuffed And Unstrung tour. www.westbethent.com
Calendar Listing for “Ghetto Klown” Texas Tour
Visit ghettoklown.com,
Thursday - Saturday - February 9-11
Austin - The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
$29.50, $39.50 & $49.50
Phone: 512-474-1221
Tuesday, February 14
Corpus Christi - American Bank Center Selena Auditorium,
1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78401
$29.50, $39.50, $49.50; limited premium seating $75 includes a meet-n-greet with John
Phone: 800-745-3000
Online: Ticketmaster.com
Thursday - Saturday – February 16-18
Dallas - The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm Street, Dallas TX 75201
$29.50, $39.50, $49.50; limited premium seating $75 includes a meet-n-greet with John
Tickets: AT&T Performing Arts Center
Phone: 214-880-0202
Online: http://tickets.attpac.org/
In person: Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas TX 75201

Tuesday, February 21
McAllen - The McAllen Civic Auditorium, 1300 S. 10th St, McAllen TX  78501
$29.75, $39.75 & $49.75
Phone: 956-681-3800
Online: Ticketmaster.com

Thursday - Saturday - Feb 23-25
Houston - Wortham Center Cullen Theatre, 501 Texas Ave. Houston TX 77002
$29.50, $39.50 & $49.50
Phone 713-222-5400 M-F 10 am-5 pm  

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