Mike Tyson takes one-man show on national tour
After a limited run on Broadway, Mike Tyson is taking his one-man show on the road.
The stage play, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, will kick off its 10-week national tour in February 2013, stopping in over 36 cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
“I’m excited to take [the show] 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.”
According to the official site, the show, directed by Spike Lee and written by Tyson’s wife Kiki, is a “rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most complicated men ever to wear the heavyweight crown.”
“In the beginning, she painted me too soft,” Tyson told the Chicago Sun-Times about his wife. “I told her ‘this is not me. This is not the man you fell in love with. Just like we have to be honest with one another to make a great relationship, we have to be honest with the audience to make a great story. They already know the story. You can’t fool them.”
Kiki told the newspaper she initially decided not to include more painful material until her husband convinced her otherwise.
“Originally I didn’t put the Robin [Givens] story in,” she said. “My natural inclination was to protect him. But he said that if this is truly going to be Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, we have to talk about Robin. He was right.”
Tyson has had cameos in feature films The Hangover and The Hangover 2, but he says he enjoys performing on stage the most.
“It’s instant gratification. With a live audience, they can connect with me more and I know they’re enjoying it,” he said.
The tour will kick off at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis on February 12.
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