Mike Tyson, bona fide thespian?
The former heavyweight boxing champ is taking his one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, on the road next year for a national tour.
He might not be spouting Shakespeare, but Tyson's life has produced a well of entertaining, poignant and controversial stories that have proved ripe for the stage.
The show, written by Tyson's wife, Kiki Tyson, and directed by Spike Lee, will kick off in Indianapolis in February, visiting 36 cities over a 10-week period, including Chicago, Tucson, Spokane, Kansas City and Atlanta, among others. It comes to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on March 8.
Since his boxing career ended in 2005, Tyson has mostly been known for small TV and film cameos playing himself (The Hangover series, Entourage), but he garnered the attention of Broadway when Undisputed Truth -- which began with a six-night run in Las Vegas in April -- played at the Longacre Theatre in August garnering mostly fair to positive reviews.
The Hollywood Reporter 's Frank Scheck said of the show, "The results are weirdly fascinating, and actually in keeping with a long tradition of pugilists retreating to the stage after their fighting days are over."
Mark Hughes of The Telegraph called the show "an amusingly honest, if at times self-indulgent, two hours."
Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times wrote, "That incongruous, almost childlike Tyson charm pokes through occasionally and makes you momentarily forget how ham-handed and manipulative the show is. Sure, we should save our accolades for the many people who have transcended difficult beginnings without abusing drugs, racking up a rape conviction and biting off a piece of another guy’s ear. But by the end of Undisputed Truth you may at least be willing to grant that it would be swell if Mr. Tyson has finally found a nondestructive way to exist in the world."
In a statement, Tyson said, “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. 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.”