PLAYBILL THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, June 16-22: Central Park's As You Like It, Broadway's Rebecca, Mike Tyson On Stage

By Robert Simonson
22 Jun 2012

Mike Tyson

The summer Broadway season is often a time of peculiar one-offs. This summer is no different.

Former heavyweight champion — and enduring tabloid figure — Mike Tyson will bring his one-man show, Undisputed Truth, to Broadway for a limited, six-night (!) engagement at the Longacre Theatre.

The autobiographical work is written by the boxer's wife, Kiki Tyson, and Randy Johnson. It premiered at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas under Johnson's direction last March.

Spike Lee will make his Broadway directorial debut with the July 31-Aug. 5 engagement. And even with a run that short, Truth will have an official opening night: Aug. 2. Headline writers: get your boxing metaphors ready!


Finally, composer-lyricist Richard Adler died June 21 at the age of 90. Adler and his writing partner, Jerry Ross, had a heady, but sadly short, heyday, writing back-to-back smashes — The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees — in the 1950s. Both shows ran more than 1,000 performances, won Tony Awards, were made into movies, and contributed classic tunes into the American Songbook. But their day in the sun ended abruptly when Ross died at the tragically young age of 29. Among Adler & Ross songs you may know: "Steam Heat," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Heart," "Hey There" and "Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)."