Mike Tyson on Broadway? New York theater critics had better keep their ears protected if they're thinking of panning the athlete who once took a bite out of Evander Holyfield's right ear.
The former boxing champion wants to take his one-man Las Vegas show to New York, according to a report from TMZ. The solo show, which is set to run April 13-18 at the MGM Grand, is titled "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth -- Live on Stage."
Tyson reportedly wants to take the show on tour after the Vegas run, culminating with a New York engagement. The show is an autobiographical account of the athlete's life in and out of the boxing ring. Tyson is being directed by Randy Johnson, creator of "Elvis the Concert" and "One Night With Janis Joplin." The play is co-written by Johnson and Tyson's wife, Kiki.
Since retiring from boxing in 2006, Tyson has had ample practice playing himself. He appeared in the highly successful comedy "The Hangover" and its sequel, and was the subject of James Toback's documentary "Tyson." (He also played himself in Toback's hip-hop drama "Black and White.")
Most recently, Tyson practiced his live-performance skills during the recent Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.
-- David Ng
Photo: Mike Tyson. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times