Mike Tyson Opening One-Man Show on Broadway [POLL]
Spike Lee Will Direct the Show, Described as a "Raw Confessional"
His disastrous marriage to Robin Givens, the ear biting, the rape conviction … in case there's one little thing you don't already know about former boxing champ Mike Tyson's life, he's going to lay it bare on Broadway.
Tyson is teaming up with film director Spike Lee as both of them make their Broadway debut with Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Tyson's one-man show that he performed in Las Vegas for a week in April.
The Broadway version will run also for one week only -- actually, six nights -- at the Longacre Theatre, from July 31 through Aug. 5.
"I'm very vulnerable, and I'm just telling you who I am and where I'm from and how this happened," Tyson said at a news conference, the Associated Press reports.
Added Lee: "It takes courage to get in the ring, but it (also) takes courage to get on the stage."
Tyson -- who, like Lee, is from Brooklyn -- says the show will be "raw" and "filthy," and will include stories about his marriage to Givens (including a story about how he saw her coming home, in his car, with Brad Pitt), his prison stint, his cocaine addiction (which led to time in a psychiatric clinic) and his rise as a boxing champ. Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever in 1986, as a 20-year-old.
Tyson, who infamously bit part of Evander Holyfield's ear off during a 1997 boxing match and threatened to eat the children of boxer Lennox Lewis, has been in the news in recent years for his appearances in the Hangover movies, filing for bankruptcy (despite earning $300 million during his career), as well as with news about the accidental death of his four-year-old daughter Exodus in 2009.
Following other recent one-man shows from the likes of William Shatner and Hugh Jackman, Tyson's show was most inspired, he says, by actor Chazz Palminteri's autobiographical A Bronx Tale.
"It's a great story and he tells it masterfully," Lee said about Tyson's show. "He's lifted himself off the canvas."
Tickets for the show begin at $75 and go up to $199, or $300 for VIP seats.
Boxing champ and convicted rapist Mike Tyson has forged a pop culture comeback in recent years, thanks to his appearances in the "Hangover" movies and Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, and now his one man show -- would you buy a ticket to his Broadway show?
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