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Mike Tyson's one-man show to hit Hollywood's Pantages Theatre

November 27, 2012|By Deborah Vankin
  • Mike Tyson — pictured with Director Spike Lee and wife Lakiha Spicer — will bring his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," to Hollywood in spring 2013.
Mike Tyson — pictured with Director Spike Lee and wife Lakiha Spicer… (Michael Loccisano / Getty…)

Heads up, Hollywood: Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson is heading west this spring.

Tyson is bringing his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” to Anaheim and the Pantages Theatre in March as part of a national tour.

Spike Lee, who directed the show’s Broadway run in August, will return as director. Broadway veteran James L. Nederlander is producing.

“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,” Tyson said in a statement. “'Undisputed Truth’ is my story -- I'm giving my all.”

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It will play three performances at the Pantages from March 8–10, as well as one night at City National Grove of Anaheim on March 6.

The one man-confessional, written by Tyson’s third wife, Kiki Tyson, touches on his rough and tumble upbringing in Brooklyn's Brownsville section and his boxing career.

It weaves in personal and headline-worthy moments -- from the time he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997 and the 2009 death of his 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, after a treadmill accident, to his eventual sobriety and conversion to veganism. Key characters, such as promoter Don King and Tyson’s former wife Robin Givens also surface.

The 12-show New York run was the Broadway directorial debut for writer-director and Academy Award-nominee Lee, known for his films “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X” and the documentaries “4 Little Girls” and “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” among other work.

"Undisputed Truth" received mixed reviews, with the New York Times calling it “…ham-handed and manipulative …” and the U.K.'s Telegraph saying it was “amusingly honest.”  Tyson, 46, jokes in the show that he originally wanted to call it “Boxing, Bitches and Lawsuits,” but “was overruled.” 

Broadway is not Iron Mike’s first foray into entertainment: He appeared as himself in the comedies “The Hangover” and “The Hangover Part II,” as well as in James Toback's 1999 hip-hop drama "Black and White." On the small screen, he was the subject of Animal Planet’s “Taking on Tyson.” And, like so many celebs these days, he has the requisite clothing company.

The L.A. and Anaheim shows are part of a three month, 36-city tour, with stops in  Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Washington, D.C.

Tyson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011.

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