*It’s finally coming to a city near you.
The one-man show that’s been talked about for quite sometime. “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” is hitting the road and will touchdown in 36-cities and will be stopping in Indianapolis, the same city that put him behind bars when he was accused of raping a young beauty pageant contestant. Mike Tyson is about to change the minds of many… maybe.
“At the time, I was living a pretty hectic life and pretty wild and I don’t know what would have happened if I had three more years of that life,” Tyson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Las Vegas. “So maybe that was, everything happens for a reason. You know, when I left prison, I did a lot better than when I came. So everything happens for a reason, everything’s a developmental stage in life, and I’m just going on this journey in life to find out what’s next.”
The one man show takes audiences on a journey from his early days in Brooklyn through to the ring victories and life defeats.
Some say the play appears to be an apology, but he makes it clear that he’s not apologizing to anyone.
*(Via ESPN) – From mugger to motivational speaker, the life of Mike Tyson has been a long, strange trip indeed.
Saturday, in Brisbane, he launched a five-city tour of Australia called “Mike Tyson’s Day Of The Champions,” subheaded “Unleash The Spirit Of The Champion Within You.” If the concept of Tyson as a motivational speaker strikes you as counterintuitive, you’re not alone. The itinerary originally called for a stop in New Zealand, but Tyson was denied a visa to enter the land of the Kiwi due to his criminal past.
“The last five years, he’s reinvented himself,” argued tour promoter Max Markson, which on the surface appears to be true. But has Tyson really reinvented himself or has the mellow Mike been there all along, subjugated by circumstances both within and outside of his control?
Whatever the case, Tyson has nobody but himself to blame for his public persona. Forget the champion within. For decades he unleashed the spirit of his inner monster and seemingly reveled in his self-declared designation as the “baddest man on the planet.” Nonetheless, anybody who spent time with him away from the flash mob of media that once dogged his every footstep will tell you Mike was always much more than a raging thug-turned-prizefighter. This was just as true during his reign of terror on both sides of the ring ropes as it is today.
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*After performing his one-man show throughout the United States and Europe, Tony Award-winning actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen will bring the production to the East Coast in 2010.
An Evening with Ben Vereen will take place at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.
The show combines “a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr,” according to Playbill News. The evening includes such popular songs such as “Defying Gravity,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “Something’s Coming” and “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.”
Tickets at $50 and $65 are available by visiting www.mccarter.org; or in person at 91 University Place, Princeton.