Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Extends Broadway Run
By Adam Hetrick
Mike Tyson's boxing match with Broadway will get an extra round. The champion boxer's one-man show, Undisputed Truth, has been extended for an additional week of performances through Aug. 12.
Academy Award nominee Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X") directs the solo show that premiered in Las Vegas last March and will begin Broadway performances July 31 at the Longacre Theatre. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth was originally scheduled to play a limited, six-night engagement through Aug. 5, but will now play through Aug. 12.
Lee makes his Broadway directorial debut with the production that officially opens Aug. 2. It is presented by producer James L. Nederlander.
The autobiographical work 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-bound limited 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 to hear stories. 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."
Tickets are now on sale for Tyson's Broadway engagement. A number of $300 VIP tickets, including a post-performance meet and greet and photo with Tyson, are also available via Telecharge.com.
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