One-man shows aren’t new to the Great White Way, but Mike Tyson certainly is. We already know he’s got pipes, but his new Broadway show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth”, will be a frank look at the ups and downs of his career. No singing, no tongue-in-cheek acting a la “The Hangover”, but an honest performance.
Mike Tyson? On Broadway? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. He’s done a few test performances in Las Vegas to mixed reviews, but in New York, he’s got a pocket ace: Spike Lee will be making his own Broadway debut as director. Tyson’s wife Lakiha wrote a loose script that has been transformed into a show that will be performed six times in Manhattan. Two preview shows at the end of July, and then four performances at the Longacre Theater.
So what are theatre-goers in for? Plenty. Some of the anecdotes revealed so far include everything from rendezvous with Japanese women of the night to getting it on with his ex-wife Robin Givens…in a lawyer’s office. Tyson promises some humor as well, but emphasizes that regardless of the story, he’s not acting. The show is all him…he hasn’t mentioned if that endearing moment when he threatened to eat Lennox Lewis’ kids will be included.
Why don’t I just let Tyson some up “Undisputed Truth” himself?
“It’s about me being on stage and being pretty raw. Not necessarily raw in a vulgar sense … I’m just naked and vulnerable, and I’m just telling you who I am and where I’m from and how this happened and how I lose all this damn money and how I had all these children and how I go to prison and, you know, you know what happened guys, right?”
Well, this is one way to get out of debt. Best of luck when the curtain rises, Mr. Tyson, it’s sure to be a very interesting show. And it also made me think about other athletes that should be on Broadway…Canseco Chronicles the Musical, anyone?