June 18, 2012

Mike Tyson coming to Broadway with 'Undisputed Truth'

Mike Tyson and Spike Lee are heading to Broadway.

The former heavyweight champion and the Oscar-nominated director announced Monday that the boxing titan will star in his autobiographical one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" at the Longacre Theater. It will run for just six nights, July 31 through Aug. 5.

The expansive look at Tyson's struggles with drug abuse, professional triumphs and a series of personal setbacks was staged in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel. 

The show apparently does not shirk from the seedier elements of Tyson's story, with the boxer discussing his encounters with prostitutes and the ear-chomping incident with Evander Holyfield.

"Undisputed Truth" marks the Broadway debuts of both Tyson and Lee. 

Writing in Time, Gary Andrew Poole called the Las Vegas show "bizarre" and wrote, "As a performer, Tyson forces many of his lines and has a nervous habit of saying 'and shit' at the end of practically every sentence. He paces the stage drinking water, often breathing hard into his microphone, and robotically moves his body across the stage."

It apparently will be overhauled for the Great White Way, as Randy Johnson and not Lee directed the original stage version.

"It is an honor to work with Spike Lee," Tyson said in a statement. "I have always admired his work. Sharing the highlights and lowlights of my life with New York is especially important to me as I was born and raised in Brooklyn."

Tickets range from $75 to $199.  A limited number of VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet and photo with Tyson after the show, are available for $300, the producers said. 

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