Mike Tyson Riffs On Broadway, Pigeon Training With Boomer & Carton
NEW YORK (WFAN) – For a time, there was no boxer more feared than Mike Tyson.
The guy who used to knock opponents out is ready to knock ‘em dead on Broadway. The response for his recently-announced one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” has been so overwhelming that six shows have been added to the limited run.
Tyson, a New York City native, and director Spike Lee teamed up to bring the engagement to the Longacre Theatre from July 31 through Aug. 12. The show, a confessional on Tyson’s exploits in and out of the ring, will have a slightly different feel than its previous incarnation in Las Vegas.
“In Vegas it was me, a vocalist, a piano player and a rock band,” Tyson told WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Friday. “I don’t think it’s gonna be that way on Broadway, so we’re gonna have to work something out. … It was a success in Las Vegas and hopefully it’ll be a success (on) Broadway.”
LISTEN: Tyson with Boomer & Carton
Tyson admitted he does get nervous before performances, but entertaining the masses is what he’s “meant to do.”
“It’s the same thing as fighting,” he said. “The only thing, you just don’t have to go to the hospital every night.”
“Well, it’s instinctive,” Tyson said. “It’s a relationship that men and pigeons had before Christ. And I don’t understand it either, but it happens.”
The 45-year-old didn’t stop there. He said he’d love to some day work on a musical, but balked at the idea of singing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”
“No way!” Tyson told Boomer & Carton. “Let’s just do Sammy (Davis Jr.) and do (Frank) Sinatra and do Dean (Martin), the three of us. I’ll be Sammy.”
While the morning show co-hosts bickered over who got to sing Sinatra, Tyson busted into “Mr. Bojangles.” Caught unaware, the trio settled on “The Candy Man.”
OK, maybe all three should just keep their day jobs — which, for Tyson, means box office success. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $75, with a limited number of VIP seats for $300, which include a meet-and-greet and photo with Tyson.