Former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is heading to Broadway this summer in “Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth.”
“It’s about me being on stage and being pretty raw. Not necessarily raw in a vulgar sense … I’m just naked and vulnerable, and I’m just telling you who I am and where I’m from and how this happened and how I lose all this damn money and how I had all these children and how I go to prison and, you know, you know what happened guys, right?” he says in a press conference Monday (June 18).
The one-man show about Tyson’s life will also mark the Broadway directorial debut for Spike Lee.
“It takes courage to get into the ring, but it takes courage to get onto the stage,” Lee says. “Denzel’s not playing Mike, it’s not Sam Jackson. It’s Mike Tyson, in person, on stage. That takes a lot of courage.”
So what does Tyson plan to reveal to audiences about himself?
“They’ll find out that my mother is a prostitute, my father’s a pimp and I come from a real, um, this — I don’t know what — the sex worker world and stuff, you know. That’s why I look at the world from a different perspective than most people when I was a young kid,” Tyson says.
The boxer and his wife, Lakiha, came up with the idea for the show after they saw Chazz Palminteri’s semi-autobiographical “A Bronx Tale.” Tyson then performed his script for six nights in April at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
“This is what we decided to do after I gave up drugs and being a pig,” he says.
The show will run six times between July 31 and Aug. 5.