PHOTO CALL: Kanye West, 50 Cent and Bryant Gumbel at Broadway's Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth

By Joseph Marzullo
31 Jul 2012

Brooklyn-born champion heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson tells the Undisputed Truth in his one-man show which began July 31 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre. Rap icons Kanye West and 50 Cent and legendary broadcaster Bryant Gumbel were on hand at the first performance.

They headed backstage after the show to meet with Tyson and director Spike Lee.



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Spike Lee, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Mike Tyson and David Maisel
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Academy Award nominee Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X") makes his Broadway directorial debut with Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, which continues in a limited engagement through Aug. 12. Opening night is set for Aug. 2. 

The autobiographical work, presented by producer James L. Nederlander, is written by the boxer's wife, Kiki Tyson, and Randy Johnson. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth premiered at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas under Johnson's direction last March.



"I will just be telling [my] story," Tyson told Playbill.com at a press event announcing the Broadway engagement. "People have said the story mesmerizes." When asked if any aspect of his life was off limits, the former boxing champ said, "If anything comes across kind of fake, [you'll] see it right away. To avoid that, [I'm] putting everything on the table. But it's not all good stuff! It's going to be a rollercoaster of emotions."

Director Lee added, "Human beings want to hear stories. Whether it's a play, a documentary…a song, a musical, a novel or a movie, we love great stories, and we love great storytellers. And, with Mike Tyson on the stage, you are going to hear a great American story… Mike's a great storyteller."

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is executive-produced by Mike Tyson, Kiki Tyson and Adam Steck.

The evening promises "a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown... This riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout."

The creative team includes scenic designer Timothy R. Mackabee, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Raymond Schilke, projection designer Erik Pearson, assistant set designer Benson Knight, assistant sound designer Kristyn R. Smith, assistant projection designer Jackson Gallagher, production stage manager Gwendolyn M. Gilliam, technical supervisor Fred Gallo and dramaturg and voice coach de'Adre Aziza.

Tickets are available via Telecharge.com. A number of $300 VIP tickets, including a post-performance meet and greet and photo with Tyson, are also available.

Visit TysonOnBroadway.com.