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One-man show 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' coming to Clearwater

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Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, the one-man confessional show starring the heavyweight champ, is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 17, the only Florida stop in its debut national tour.

Filmmaker Spike Lee directed the show's limited engagement on Broadway in August. It is produced by James L. Nederlander, a Broadway veteran.

"I'm excited to take Mike Tyson: Undisputed truth on tour and share it with my fans across the country," Tyson said in a statement. "Undisputed Truth is my story — I'm giving my all."

Tyson's story certainly is not without drama, and the show, written by his third wife, Kiki, touches on the 46-year-old's early childhood, boxing career and headline-worthy moments. It includes a strong denial that he raped a Miss Black America contestant in 1991, a conviction that landed him in prison for three years. Then there's the time he bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear in 1997, and the death of his daughter, Exodus, 4, from a treadmill accident. It also follows his struggle with sobriety and conversion to veganism.

The show got mixed reviews on Broadway. An "almost childlike Tyson charm pokes through occasionally and makes you momentarily forget how ham-handed and manipulative the show is," wrote the New York Times. "There are overly long stretches in which Tyson trashes Robin Givens, his former wife; Mitch Green, a boxer with whom Tyson had an out-of-the-ring altercation in 1988; and the boxing promoter Don King."

The tour will begin in February in Indianapolis — interestingly the city where Tyson was convicted of rape. During three months it will hit more than 36 cities including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and Washington D.C.

Tickets are $50, $75 and $100 and go on sale at noon Dec. 8 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office at 1111 McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling (727) 791-7400. A limited number of VIP packages that include a meet and greet are also available. Call for details.

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