Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson – with an assist from director Spike Lee – is bringing his autobiographical one-man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” from Las Vegas to Broadway for a six night run.
The pair announced today that the show will be presented at the Longacre Theater from July 31 through Aug. 5.
The expansive look at Tyson’s struggles with drug abuse, professional triumphs and a series of personal setbacks was first staged at the MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas. The show features Tyson 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 magazine, reviewer 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 sh*t’ 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.”
Director Randy Johnson helmed the Vegas staging, but fellow New Yorker Lee was brought on to tailor it for the Great White Way.
“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.Tags: Mike Tyson