Boxer turned entertainer
Mike Tyson goes from fearsome to funny with Undisputed Truth tour
UPDATE: Color us not surprised - Tyson's Undisputed Truth tour has now been canceled due to "scheduling conflicts." Read more here.
UPDATE x 2: Word now comes from the tour's publicist that the tour is, in fact, not canceled, but that certain tour dates were not selling well and were thus removed from the schedule. These include Grand Prairie, Houston and Phoenix. The tour will supposedly pick back up in San Francisco on February 28, although I wouldn't hold your breath.
Of all the unlikely Broadway stars through the years, Mike Tyson may be unlikeliest. Despite decidedly mixed reviews, that's exactly what Tyson became last year when he debuted his one-man show, Undisputed Truth, in New York after a short run in Las Vegas.
That show is now going on the road, making a stop at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie on Tuesday, February 19. It's only the third city on a nationwide tour that will last through May.
Don't expect many off-the-cuff observations. The show is as scripted as any good play, down to the profanities littered throughout.
Even though you can technically call the show "theater," audiences aren't exactly going to be witness to Shakespeare. The show is essentially Tyson giving a blow-by-blow account of his life, from the highs of his reign as heavyweight champion of the world to the lows of his stint in prison for rape.
It's reportedly a funny and insightful look into the mind of one of the most notorious modern-day celebrities, but don't expect many off-the-cuff observations. The show is as scripted as any good play, down to the profanities littered throughout.
Tyson has had many phases in his life, and he long ago entered the realm where anything he did ceased to be surprising, a.k.a. The Tyson Zone. He's made cameos in movies such as The Hangover and, just recently, television shows How I Met Your Mother and Law & Order: SVU. So a chapter where he's considered a top-notch theater draw? Yeah, that seems about right.