If it wasn’t already crazy enough that Mike Tyson and Spike Lee joined forces for Tyson’s one-man Broadway show “Undisputed Truth,’ well, now that same show goes on the road, heading to 36 cities around the country. “Undisputed Truth” is a look at Tyson’s life from the perspective of the man himself – and unblemished look at his years in the spotlight including three marriages, several children, the infamous ear-biting bout against Evander Holyfield, and his rape conviction. Originally staged in Las Vegas, “Undisputed Truth” headed to Broadway for a limited engagement last year. The tour begins in Indianapolis on February 12 then heads to Chicago, Texas, Arizona, San Francisco and Southern California.
“After a successful run at the MGM in Las Vegas and on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre with Spike Lee, I’m excited to take “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” on tour and share it with my fans across the country,” Tyson said in a statement. “Undisputed Truth” is my story — I’m giving my all. I’m proud to take the show nationwide, and it’s a privilege to continue working with The Nederlander Organization.”
In the show, the now 46-year-old former heavyweight champion talks about many aspects of his life in and out of boxing, including his rape conviction and tumultuous marriage to and divorce from actress Robin Givens. “Undisputed Truth” was written by Tyson’s current wife, Kiki Tyson, and directed for the stage by Spike Lee. In his “New York Times” review, Neil Genzinger says that the show is uneven and too long, but that there are moments when Tyson’s resilience and humor come through.
“I realized that I am an interesting guy. I want to entertain people and I don’t know where that comes from,”Tyson said on a conference call for the media last year. He said that the stage and the ring bring out similar emotions of excitement and anxiety. “The only thing that’s different,” he said, “is I don’t have to go to the hospital afterwards.”
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