John Leguizamo: Ghetto Klown

John Leguizamo: Ghetto Klown

Direct from Broadway, John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown comes to Tampa! 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. 

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.” Visit

March 8 Carol Morsani Hall
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    Sept. 7 at noon

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    Sept. 14 at noon

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    Sept. 15 at noon

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Show Dates & Times

Thurs. 7:30 p.m.

March 8


Regularly priced tickets start at $32.50. 

There is a maximum ticket allotment of eight tickets per account/household/business for paid, ticketed events. (For some shows, it may be less.) Applicable service charges added at point of purchase. There is no maximum for free, non-ticketed events.

For ticket purchases via the phone or ticket office, service charges are waived for current annual Straz members at the $400 level and higher, although special handling fees may apply to some shows. Service charges for online transactions apply to all members. 

Pursuant to s.817.36, Florida Statutes, no Straz Center ticket may be offered or resold for more than $1 over the face value of the ticket.

What to Expect

For mature audiences


“Ghetto Klown it’s ferociously funny and Leguizamo takes us way beyond laughter.” -- Bloomberg News

“Beaucoup entertainment value. Hyper-talented. Dead-on and deliciously cruel impersonations. As writer and performer, Leguizamo runs the whole gamut of emotions here.” -- Variety, Marilyn Stasio

"... catching up with his latest show, Ghetto Klown, is like reuniting with a favorite cousin, the funny one who makes those dutiful family events worth attending." -- Los Angeles Times

"[Leguizamo's] unstoppable theatricality is his lifeline. And his talent for making people laugh keeps us listening even as the second act drifts toward an uncertain conclusion," -- Los Angeles Times

"As a performer, he follows his own romantic advice: "You can't make someone love you. You just have to stalk them and hope they give in." In Ghetto Klown he stalks us with practiced skill, coolly certain we'll eventually succumb." -- Variety

“This dancing dynamo and ace mimic is a Nuclear Performer, ricocheting around the stage as though he’d been shot out of a pistol!'-- L.A. Times

“It’s 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.” -- The New York Times.

“The show is slicker than slick – Leguizamo has the audience eating from his hand from the moment he dances on stage.” -- What’s On Stage, London

Run-time: Approximately 135 minutes including intermission