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Standing Ovation For Sheen In Chicago

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Southfield (WWJ/AP) A day after he was booed and heckled at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Charlie Sheen has taken the stage in Chicago.

Sheen received a standing ovation Sunday night in Chicago. The crowd cheered when the curtain opened and revealed a smoking Sheen. Some in the crowd chanted “Detroit sucks.”

People who lined up outside the historic 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre before the show said they had low expectations after what they heard about Sheen’s performance Saturday night.

In Detroit Saturday, Sheen was heckled, booed and eventually abandoned by the crowd at his inaugural stage show. Many audience members in Detroit chanted “refund” and headed for the exits even before the show abruptly ended.

E! Entertainment News chief correspondent Ken Baker said Sheen will take his “Torpedo of Truth” show to New York as well.  

“The talk last night was if Charlie was gonna cancel his tour, but I just was talking to people associated with the tour and the show is going on,” Baker said in a live interview on WWJ Newsradio 950.

Baker says producers are working to give Sheen more of a script because other cities are not sold out.

“To me, it seemed like a show that needed some rehearsals and I mean there’s a reason why Broadway one-man shows go into previews in small towns for weeks on end.  This was something that just looked sort of half baked and unrehearsed.”

Matt Sharr of Detroit agreed and said the national anthem may have been the highlight of the Sheen show as fans booed and left early.

“He just seemed completely unprepared,” Sharr said.  “I mean, I’m sure in a controlled, planned environment, he’d be a funny guy.  I’m sure he’s pretty humorous, but it was almost as if he just didn’t care . It seemed very impromptu, just a terrible showing by, you know, by most accounts a pretty good actor.”

Sharr, who paid 65 dollars for a ticket “out of curiosity,” thinks Sheen would be wise to change the show as he moves to other cities. 

Copyright 2011 WWJ Newsradio 950.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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