CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to bring stage tour to Straz Center in Tampa Sept. 23
TV fans have seen everyone from Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino to the crab fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch bring stage shows to area theaters where they talk about the stuff they do on television and film -- essentially a huge meet-and-greet for enthusiasts with a ticket charge.
But CNN anchor Anderson Cooper may be one of the few working journalists to tackle such a project, bringing his Anderson Cooper's 360 World View Tour to the Straz Center in Tampa on Sept. 23 -- about a month after the world's media converges here for the 2012 Republican National Convention.
I hear he'll deliver a 90-minute presentation -- 45 minutes of speaking and 45 minutes of Q&A -- covering his career highlights and current events.
When I saw the cast of Modern Family at Ruth Eckerd Hall in April, the cast also took questions -- which makes me wonder if Cooper will talk about his revelation nearly two weeks ago that he is gay (since revealing his sexual orientation in an email to blogger Andrew Sullivan, Cooper hasn't spoken publicly on the issue).
When I wrote about the Modern Family show, I noted that such shows have become an increasingly lucrative and low-effort way for television personalities, especially in the unscripted reality TV genre, to convert their fame into paychecks.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show in the Straz's Carol Morsani Hall go on sale Friday, priced starting at $39.50 or $175 for access to a post-show meet-and-greet with Cooper. Call 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay; www.strazcenter.org.
Since I never got around to posting my latest CNN appearance, talking about Cooper's decision to come out, I'll post it here.