Mike Tyson is headed to Broadway, thanks to a new partnership with Spike Lee.
The two have teamed up to bring the one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth to the Longacre Theatre for a limited run. The show, which runs July 31-Aug. 5, will mark director Lee's Broadway debut.
Undisputed Champ, which Tyson debuted at Las Vegas' MGM Grand in the spring, offers a "personal look into the life and mind" of the former heavyweight champion. It reportedly touches on the boxer's highs and lows, including his struggles with drug addition, his mother's alcoholism and the rape charges that resulted in a three-year jail sentence (he has maintained his innocence).
“It is an honor to work with Spike Lee,” Tyson said. “I have always admired his work. Sharing the highlights and lowlights of my life with New York is especially important to me as I was born and raised in Brooklyn.”
Added Lee, also a native New Yorker: “It's my honor to be making our Broadway debut together. Brooklyn to Broadway.”
The show, created by SPI Entertainment CEO Adam Steck, is presented by James L. Nederlander and was written by Tyson's wife, Kiki Tyson, and Randy Johnson. The Tysons also executive produce with Steck. Randy Johnson is the original director.
Tyson most recently appeared in The Hangover and its sequel and starred in Animal Planet's Taking on Tyson.
Lee is working on a remake of the Asian hit Oldboy. His Red Hook Summer, which premiered at Sundance this year, hits theaters in August.