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Spike Lee to direct Mike Tyson's one-man Broadway show

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Acclaimed director Spike Lee is set to direct Mike Tyson’s one-man show when it hits Broadway later this year.

Tyson debuted the show, entitled The Undisputed Truth, in Las Vegas this past April. The show, which played for a week, included videos and photos accompanying Tyson telling the audience about his personal and professional lives.

Tyson and Lee have reportedly discussed changes that will be made when the show arrives on Broadway.

"It's therapeutic to talk about what I've lived through in front of hundreds of people. And when you've been in rehab, you're very comfortable talking about yourself,” he said.

Jimmy Niederlander produced the Vegas show and will do the same on Broadway.

This will mark Lee’s first time directing a Broadway production, although he previously filmed a stage production of Passing Strange.

The musical, a comedy-drama rock musical about a young African-American's journey of self-discovery in Europe, was made by Lee as a documentary and released in 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival. He filmed the musical’s last three performances at the Belasco Theatre.

“Spike Lee is going to be involved,” Tyson said. “Awesome.”

Lee’s movies include Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992) and Inside Man (2006).

 
 

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