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Tyson boxes with Broadway

Spike Lee directs one-man show in short run

Mike Tyson will topline an autobiographical solo show on Broadway, where the production plays a six-performance run helmed by Spike Lee.

Lee makes his Main Stem directing debut with the outing, called “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” Show follows the ups and downs of the boxer’s life, including his rise to undisputed heavyweight champion as well as his notorious exploits out of the ring.

Script is penned by Kiki Tyson, the prizefighter’s wife, and Randy Johnson, who helmed the show in an initial stint in Vegas in April. Event is created by Adam Steck, the topper of SPI Entertainment.

James L. Nederlander, the head of the Broadway landlord and producing company Nederlander Org, presents the show on the Rialto. The Tysons and Steck exec produce.

Undisputed Truth” will play the Nederlander-owned Longacre Theater, the venue that has remained dark since the shuttering of short-lived hoops bio-drama “Magic/Bird” earlier this spring. Production is one of a handful of placeholder shows to occupy a temporary summer spot on the Rialto in advance of future bookings; this summer’s “Bring It On” and “Fela!” are also limited stints at other theaters, although the fall tenant at the Longacre has not yet been set.

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Show runs July 31-Aug. 5, with a press opening set for Aug. 2.

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