Mike Tyson has been fighting controversy almost as long as he's been swinging his fists. Now the former boxing champ's own live-performance version of his life, which earned a mixed reception on Broadway last summer, is set to go a few more rounds.
Broadway/San Diego announced that the one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" will hit the San Diego Civic Theatre on March 5, as part of a 10-week U.S. tour of some three dozen cities.
The show, directed by Hollywood heavyweight Spike Lee and presented by James L. Nederlander (president of the Nederlander Organization, Broadway/San Diego's parent), is billed as "a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown."
Tyson, now 46, dominated heavyweight boxing like few other fighters after winning his first crown in the mid-1980s. He was known as a brutal puncher who eventually would win 44 of his 58 career fights by knockout.
In 1990, he lost the heavyweight championship in a major upset. Not long after, Tyson's life seemed to hit the ropes. In 1992, he was convicted of rape, eventually spending three years in prison. Even after that, controversy continued to dog the fighter - most infamously with his disqualification from a 1997 match against Evander Holyfield for biting his opponent's ear.
The Brooklyn-born boxer declared bankruptcy in 2003, and retired from fighting in 2006. In recent years he has stayed mostly out of the spotlight, going vegan and starting a foundation, Mike Tyson Cares, to help children from broken homes. (Tyson himself came from a fractured family.)
The Broadway and (before that) Las Vegas versions of the solo show, written by Tyson's current wife, Kiki, were said to have covered all of that history and more - including the fighter's stormy marriage to Robin Givens and the tragic accidental death of his young daughter in 2009.
Reviewing last summer's production, the New York Times called it "one of the odder spectacles Broadway has seen in a while," while noting that the "incongruous, almost childlike Tyson charm pokes through occasionally and makes you momentarily forget how ham-handed and manipulative the show is."
The New York Daily News summed up the production as "entertaining, fascinating and messy."
The tour begins in February in Indianapolis (not far from where Tyson served time in state prison). The San Diego performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at the Civic, 1100 Third Ave. downtown. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 7, with prices starting at $25.
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