Mike Tyson is preparing to debut his own one-man show in Las Vegas, which will premiere with a six-night run at the MGM Grand.
The show is called Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth -- Live on Stage and will run April 13-18 in the 740-seat Hollywood Theatre. The director and co-writer (along with Tyson's wife Kiki) is Randy Johnson, creator of Elvis the Concertand One Night With Janis Joplin.
The show features Tyson talking about what its like to be feared, reviled and pitied. He was previously praised for his story being told in the 2009 documentary Tyson, by James Toback. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said Tyson's voice was "holding you spellbound with his thoughts on his past. 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."
Johnson said that he avoided seeing Tyson and instead talked with the man himself before writing a script. There will also be a sequence that will allow for a written question or two from the audience, along with video and live music. Johnson said: "It's a theater piece, not a lecture, but a real one-man show. [After the Vegas run], 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."
As for boxing on stage, he said: "Mimicking boxing would be very cheesy. We're keeping this authentic."
The MGM Grand is where Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear during their infamous fight.