Boxing legend Mike Tyson is getting ready to rumble with The Great White Way, as he and director Spike Lee are teaming up to take the former undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world’s one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth to Broadway next month.
The show, which debuted at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand back in April, chronicles the fighter’s highs and lows (mostly his lows) including winning his first title at age 20, growing up with an alcoholic mother, his own battle with addiction, his troubled marriage, his jail stint and much, much more.
“I’m very vulnerable and I’m just telling you who I am and where I’m from and how this happened,” Tyson said of the production. He says he was inspired to do the show after watching Chazz Palminteri‘s one-man show A Bronx Tale (which was the inspiration for the 1993 film of the same in which Palminteri starred). “I’m really just excited about this genre here.”
Tyson revealed on the Today show Tuesday that he wrote the show’s script with his wife’s help, and Lee says he discovered the show after his cameraman happened to stumble into a performance during its week-long Vegas run. He says he got the show on DVD, showed to one of his Broadway connections and the rest, as they say, is history.
“It’s a rollercoaster of human emotions,” Lee says of the show. “The same courage [Mike] displays in the ring, it takes the same courage to go on stage. When you bare your soul to the audience, it’s captivating.”
The show marks both Tyson and Lee’s first foray onto Broadway. Tyson has appeared in films including 2009’s The Hangover, its 2011 sequel, and his own 2008 documentary Tyson, while Lee — whose career spans nearly 30 years — is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated fillmmakers.
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth makes it Broadway debut July 31st at the Longacre Theatre. Tickets range from $75 to $199, with VIP tickets going for $300. For more information, visit www.TysonOnBroadway.com.
MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of the one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. Directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, this riveting one man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.