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When Mike Tyson first announced he was putting together a one-man show, the idea was widely ridiculed. After all, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world has never been known as the most charismatic or engaging talker, but against all odds, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth turned out to be a master stroke. Spike Lee directed the production, and it ran for eleven very successful days on Broadway. Now, it’s set for a far longer run across the rest of the country.
According to The New York Times, Tyson has signed a deal to take the production to almost forty cities over a period of 10 weeks in 2013. The first date will be February 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and all further showings are expected to be announced very shortly.
A wonderful balance of heart and comedy, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth earned rave reviews from both critics and theatergoers. Given the boxer’s incredible fame, the production should be able to attract a ton of interest throughout the entire country. Decades after he first rose to prominence, he’s still the one athlete the average person most closely associates with the sport.
Regardless of what mistakes Tyson may have made in his past, he seems like an honest guy trying to do right by himself and his family these days. Here’s to hoping this expansion proves to be a big success in the coming months.