Kinder, Gentler Mike Tyson Tells His Story at the Fox Theater
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- Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:44
- Written by The Atlanta Daily World
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Mike Tyson, who is bringing his Spike Lee directed, one- man stage show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," to the Fox Theater on April 20, says Lee is a stern taskmaster.
"Spike is very demanding. He's going to try to get the best he can get out of you. I don't think many people can work with him. It's difficult," Tyson said in a recent telephone interview from his Las Vegas home.
After a successful run on Broadway, the one man show produced by James L. Nederlander embarked on a 36 city tour over three months and wraps up in New York in May.
Shows at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and in Los Angeles and Detroit brought out celebrities like Mike Epps, Tommy Hearns, Charlize Theron, David Arquette and Latoya Jackson,
Tyson's former boxing rival Evander Holyfield is scheduled to attend the show at the Fox.
The one-night only show lasts one hour and 45 minutes and is Tyson on stage sharing his life with a back drop displaying video and photos. The boxer, who retired in 2006, says the audience here should expect passion and emotion.
"They'll laugh and cry. I give them all of me," Tyson says.
After a history of violence, cocaine use, diagnosis of bipolar disorder, conviction and time served for rape, eight children, three wives and bankruptcy, having dissipated the more than $300 million made over his career, Mike Tyson is looking for peace.
Tyson, who will be 47 on June 30 and was ranked No. 1 on ESPN.com's list of the hardest hitters in heavyweight history, said his crazy, destructive and wild ways of the past are long gone.
The operative word for him now is "grateful."
"I'm very grateful to have a wife who cares about me. I don't deserve my wife. I'm at a place in my life where I am committed. She goes everywhere I go," he said of his current and third wife Lakiha "Kiki" Spicer who wrote the script for the show.
Tickets for the show range from $57.15 to $142.50 and can be purchased on line at FoxtAtlTix.com