Known in the 1980s for breaking faces, former heavyweight champion and social media sports star Mike Tyson is all about breaking a leg these days. After appearing in both wildly successful ‘Hangover’ movies, starring in the 2009 documentary ‘Tyson’ and roasting Charlie Sheen on Comedy Central, Tyson is ready for a dramatic lead role with his new one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — Live on Stage”.
Written by Randy Johnson and Tyson’s wife, Kiki, the play is scheduled for a six-night run at the MGM Grand — the same venue where Tyson infamously bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight in 1997 — starting April 13. Via L.A. Times:
Video and live music will augment the evening. “It’s a theater piece, not a lecture, but a real one-man show,” Johnson said, along the lines of stage monologue evenings such as Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking” and William Shatner’s “Shatner’s World: We All Just Live In It.”
After the Las Vegas run, Johnson said, “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.”
The play has been warmly received by critics so far with Kenneth Turan writing, “The result is as gripping as a title fight and as mesmerizing as a conversation with a cobra. You may not be happy with everything said, but you will not be bored.” Will this be a smash hit or a first-round TKO?