Mike Tyson Sets Sights on Broadway with One-Man Show
Though Mike Tyson’s one-man Las Vegas show has yet to debut, already the former Heavyweight boxing champion is thinking about taking the performance to Broadway.
The autobiographical show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth—Live on Stage,” will run April 13-18 at the MGM Grand, and Tyson says he wants to take the show on tour after the final performance in Vegas and conclude the run on Broadway.
Randy Johnson, creator of “Elvis the Concert” and “One Night With Janis Joplin,” will direct the show. Johnson is also the co-writer of the production along with Tyson’s wife, Kiki.
Since retiring in 2006, Tyson has played himself in the popular film “The Hangover,” as well as “Tyson,” a 2009 documentary about his life by James Toback.
Johnson recently told the Los Angeles Times that he did not see “Tyson” and instead focused on creating a new story from hours spent talking to Tyson. The one-man show also will feature written questions from the audience. Johnson also said the majority of the show will be a monologue along the lines of Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking” and William Shatner’s “Shatner’s World: We All Just Live In It.”
As for future touring plans, none are set in stone yet, though Johnson said in the same interview with the L.A. Times that after the show runs, “we’ll review what happened, look at the next steps, and move forward. The hopes for this are to tour the world—the fan base is staggering.”
Tyson’s most recent entertainment appearances have been an appearance on Comedy Central’s roast of Charlie Sheen and on an Animal Planet show based on his childhood passion of raising pigeons.
The MGM Grand already has played a fairly prominent role in Tyson’s boxing career. It was at the venue during a comeback attempt in 1997 that Tyson bit off a piece of opponent Evander Holyfield’s ear.