Mike Tyson’s One-Man Broadway Show Closes

After a brief bout with Broadway, Mike Tyson steps out of the ring today.  Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth started performances on July 31 and now concludes its very limited run at the Longacre Theatre.  Directed by Spike Lee and written by Kiki Tyson (Mike’s wife), Undisputed Truth was a one-man show in which the former heavyweight boxing champ recounted both his successes and the many controversies and low points in his life.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthwas initially set for just a week-long run, but soon extended to two weeks.  The reviews were mostly mixed to negative, some citing the show’s structural clumsiness, Tyson’s hard-to-understand speech, and his vitriolic rants against people like ex-wife Robin Givens as particular problems.  But that hardly mattered, as the show managed to sell quite well on the strength of Mike Tyson’s celebrity, especially given the short run. In its last week, the show only sold 61.54% of available seats but had an average paid admission of $145.87, which is a record for shows performed at a Broadway Theatre.

Broadway was not actually the world premiere venue for Undisputed Truth.  Tyson unveiled the show in Las Vegas earlier this year.  Now that the Broadway engagement is over, it’s unclear was the next step for Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is.  A world tour might be a logical next move, but nothing has yet been announced
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Mike Tyson To Knock Out Broadway

Former heavyweight champion, frequent controversy stirrer, and occasional actor Mike Tyson is now making his Broadway debut. Tyson will star on Broadway in a one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, during a very limited run at the Longacre Theatre. Also making his Broadway debut is Spike Lee, who will serve as the show’s director.

“It’s about me being on stage and being pretty raw. Not necessarily raw in a vulgar sense … I’m just naked and vulnerable,” said Mike Tyson in a press conference about the show, which will cover everything from his boxing career to his financial woes and time in prison. Tyson already debuted the show in Las Vegas this past April during a week-long stint at the MGM Grand.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is scheduled to play just six nights, from July 31 to August 5.  Tickets range from $74.50 for balcony seats to $198.50 for orchestra center.  Big Mike Tyson fans may want to splurge on the VIP Tyson Meet & Greet Package, which, for $299.50, gets you an in-person meeting and photo with the boxing champ.