Mike Tyson: Champ, Addict, Broadway Star?
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Forty-four years after his mother allegedly gave him his first taste of liquor before his first birthday, 26 years after becoming the youngest heavyweight champion, and three years after getting sober, Mike Tyson is bringing his one-man show to Broadway. Tyson announced yesterday that he'll be teaming up with filmmaker Spike Lee to bring his tell-all show to the Great White Way this summer. Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth—in which he recounts his rock bottom, which included beating prostitutes while high and paranoid on coke in a hotel room, and his subsequent sobriety—will move from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to the Longacre Theatre on July 31 for a six-night engagement, produced by James Nederlander. For Tyson, the play is almost therapeutic: “I’m very vulnerable and I’m just telling you what I am and where I’m from and how this happened,” he says. Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth doesn't flinch from tackling his alcoholic mother, his battle with addiction, biting off an opponent's ear in the ring, and the domestic abuse and rape for which he served three years in prison. At the Longacre Theatre, Lee summarizes, “It takes courage to get in the ring, but it takes courage to get on the stage.”