Mike Tyson’s one-man show headed to Chicago theater
BY JOE FERNANDEZ firstname.lastname@example.org November 27, 2012 9:10PM
In a photo provided by SPI Entertainment, Mike Tyson speaks during his show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," on opening night, Saturday, April 14, 2012, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/SPI Entertainment, Kirvin Doak Communications, Erik Kabik)
Updated: November 28, 2012 7:33AM
During most of his breathtaking boxing career, he was untouchable.
These days, Mike Tyson volunteers a vulnerability that nearly none of his opponents could find inside a ring.
Tyson has never fought professionally in Chicago, but the former multiple-time world champion will finally be performing here. “Iron” Mike is taking his one-man stage show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” to the Cadillac Palace Theatre for three shows Feb. 15-17. The three performances run during a 10-week national tour, which starts Feb. 12 in Indianapolis. The show, which originally debuted in Las Vegas and had a run on Broadway, is directed by Spike Lee and written by Tyson’s wife, Kiki.
“In the beginning, she painted me too soft,” Tyson said. “I told her ‘this is not me. This is not the man you fell in love with. Just like we have to be honest with one another to make a great relationship, we have to be honest with the audience to make a great story. They already know the story. You can’t fool them’.”
Kiki said she originally omitted some of the older, more painful material, but her husband talked her into keeping it all.
“Originally I didn’t put the Robin [Givens] story in,” Kiki said. “My natural inclination was to protect him. But he said that if this is truly going to be ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,’ we have to talk about Robin. He was right.”
Tyson admits he enjoys opening up to the audience and feels that a Chicago crowd will connect with him.
“Many of my stories, people here live every day,” Tyson added. “[Former Chicago Mayor] Harold Washington gave me the key to the city. It’s truly a great city with great people. They’ll get my story.”
Tyson, who has had cameos in “The Hangover,” “The Hangover 2” and HBO’s “Entourage,” says he enjoys being on film and TV but the stage is the most rewarding.
“It’s instant gratification,” Tyson said. “With a live audience, they can connect with me more and I know they’re enjoying it.”
The one-time brawler from Brooklyn has shown his softer side in recent years. Tyson has even created a foundation for homeless children in Las Vegas. “Mike Tyson Cares” will hold an event Dec. 7 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. One of the top prizes includes ring-side seats with Tyson for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight.
When asked if it’s more difficult to push through a 10-week training camp for a fight or a 10-week national stage tour, Tyson said:
“It takes the same preparation and mental focus. The only thing is, after the tour, I won’t go to the hospital.”
Tickets go on sale Dec. 7 and range from $50 to $95. For groups of 15 or more, tickets are available now by calling Broadway in Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
For more information on the “Mike Tyson Cares” foundation, visit MikeTysonCares.org. Tickets for the Dec. 7 event are on sale at the website.