Mike Tyson does Broadway

Posted by News desk on 3 Aug, 2012 / Offbeat news

-Foreign Press

After a successful run in Las Vegas, Tyson’s one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth will play on Broadway starting July 31. The show was originally scheduled to run until August 5, but high ticket demands extended it until August 12. The show will be directed by Spike Lee who never saw Tyson in Vegas, but he offered to direct the show after he watched a DVD of the performance. Lee convinced Broadway theatre owner Jimmy Nederlander that Tyson’s story was right for Manhattan’s famed Theatre District

Tyson and Lee may appear to be an unlikely duo, but the fellow Brooklynites have been friends for more than 20 years and are rooted in the same neighborhoods. Tyson was born in Fort Greene, the same neighborhood where Lee was raised

Notoriously candid in interviews, Tyson is straightforward about his motivations for the production.

“What I do is tell them who I am and what I have done. And they can base their own opinion off of that,” said Tyson. “It comes from a diabolical childhood. Everything was just really bad. I never really knew until recently that my mother’s name wasn’t really her name. Why? Why would she do that to us? Why would you hide your name?”

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