From the Brat Pack to the The West Wing to Parks and Recreation, Gen-X hearthrob Rob Lowe has a lot of stories to tell from his four-decade career, and he’s bringing the dish to Tampa in June.
Based on his two best-selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Lowe has developed a virtual stand-up routine that is smartly loaded with self-deprecating humor.
He’ll dish on celebrity culture, with juicy details like visiting the Playboy Mansion, clubbing with Andy Warhol and Diana Ross, how he went to school and grew up with the Penn brothers and the Sheen boys in Malibu and Santa Monica. And he had love affairs with Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Nastassja Kinski and Melissa Gilbert.
He has so many stories because Lowe, who turns 55 in March, began working on screen at 15, followed by a string of successful film roles such as The Outsiders (1983), The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) and St. Elmo’s Fire (1985). He has appeared in more than 60 films and 25 TV shows, winning three awards for his role as Sam Seaborn in The West Wing.
He’s also had some of the most cringe-worthy moments in show business, from his infamous sex tape to a duet at the Oscars with Snow White on a reworked version of Proud Mary. (Sample lyric: “I used to work a lot for Walt Disney, starring in cartoons every night and day.”)
The Tampa show will include a Q&A, film clips and photos to set it apart from his two tell-all books, he has said.
“This isn’t a regurgitation of the books, because that wouldn’t be very much fun,” Lowe told the Chicago Tribune when he was first tweaking the tour in 2018. “This is very much its own beast, but it does have some of the same feel of the books.”
Tickets are $25-$79. The show is at 8 p.m. on June 21 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. VIP tickets with a meet-and-greet are available for $250. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.