Former Boxer Jake LaMotta Tells All in Lady and the Champ, Opening Off-Broadway

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22 Jul 2012

Jake LaMotta and Denise Baker
Jake LaMotta and Denise Baker

Former boxer Jake LaMotta, the inspiration for the film "Raging Bull," stars in his theatrical tell-all, Lady and the Champ, opening July 22 following previews from July 19 at the Richmond Shepard Theatre in Manhattan.

LaMotta shares the stage with his seventh wife, Denise Baker, for "an evening of stories, videos, and song and dance." The production, which continues through July 29, also features Carl Shimkin and Patrick Jude. 

Written by Bonnie Lee Sanders and Baker, with stage direction by Baker and music direction by Joel Diamond, Lady and the Champ is described as such: "LaMotta relates, in ribald detail, his years as a boxer, and, later on, post-retirement, his many years owning bars, working as a stand-up, and racking up a long list of wives. He developed the show with Baker, to whom he affectionately refers as his future seventh wife, 'Lucky No. 7.'"

The former world middleweight champion was famously portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the 1980 film "Raging Bull," which earned the actor an Academy Award. LaMotta is currently being sued by MGM, the studio that made the film, to prevent a sequel based on LaMotta’s 1986 memoir "Raging Bull II" from being made. LaMotta, who was born in 1922, turned 90 on July 10.

Richmond Shepard Theatre is located at 301 East 26th Street (at 2nd Avenue). Tickets are $25; call (212) 684-2690.