Updated October 24, 2021 - 8:17 am
There has been no disputing Mike Tyson’s draw as a star on the Strip. He’s also a box-office bonanza on the road.
The boxing legend is planning a return of his autobiographical show, originally titled “Undisputed Truth — Live On Stage,” and later “Undisputed Truth — Round 2.” But he says the show won’t be at MGM Grand, where it was performed at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club during its second run in 2016 and ‘17.
“We want to start it at Hard Rock Hotel in Florida, in 60-90 days,” Tyson said. “That’s a conservative estimate. But we’re going to start there and do a tour of the Hard Rocks around the country.”
Tyson disclosed the plans Thursday, just after the unveiling of his beyond-life-size statue at Mulberry Street Pizzeria at Resorts World Las Vegas.
Mike’s wife, Kiki Tyson, said the couple are producing the show themselves this time. The title is to be determined.
The relaunch would be at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, otherwise known as the “The Guitar Hotel” as its tower is shaped like an old Fender. Tyson has most recently booked at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center in April 2020, the show canceled by the pandemic. He has also made personal appearances at Hard Rock Tulsa over the years.
“Undisputed Truth” originated at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre in 2012, produced by Adam Steck’s SPI Entertainment. The show performed later that year, with Spike Lee at the wheel, at Longacre Theatre on Broadway. That led to a 36-show national tour and special on HBO in November 2013.
The fighter-turned-headliner has always been a powerhouse onstage. He consistently filled Brad Garrett’s 300-seater in the Underground at MGM Grand. The show was at once scripted, and highly unpredictable. On opening night, Tyson flew into a highly entertaining monologue when his ear monitors faltered. You had to be there.
Expect a musical spectacle when the famous Grambling State Marching Band performs at halftime of Sunday’s Raiders-Eagles game at Allegiant Stadium. A total of 160 musicians will take the field. Expect master musicianship and choreography.
“We hold band camps every year to make sure everyone can play their instruments and move consistently, the whole show,” band director Nikole Roebuck said in a phone chat Friday. She is the first female band director in school history.
The set list is to be a surprise, but as Roebuck says, “We will have something for everyone.” Several Raider alumni attended Grambling, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown.
Knee surgery has sacked Terry Bradshaw in his show at Luxor. The NFL great and Fox Sports broadcaster underwent a scheduled knee replacement (his left) last week. He had his right knee replaced in 2016. His next date at Atrium Showroom is Dec. 3.
Vegas-based tattoo icon Mario Barth is presenting the “Life In Ink” country rock show at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mosaic on the Strip. Lonestar and Tyler Rich are in the mix. Lonestar has charted nine No. 1 hits on the Billboard country charts, including “Amazed,” “Come Cryin’ To Me” and “No News.” Rich recorded the hit “The Difference,” and his new release is “Better Than You’re Used Too.” Tickets are $50 and $75, available at ticketweb.com.
Frank Marino has announced he will be leaving “Legends In Concert” at the Tropicana, on Nov. 20, a day before his 58th birthday. He joined the show as emcee in the fall of 2019. Mario is focusing on his “Divas Las Vegas” production, which plays Italian American Club on Dec. 3. “I have nothing but great things to say about ‘Legends,’ and it was a really great experience for me,” Marino said Saturday. “But my plan has been to bring ‘Divas’ back, and we are starting that process in December.”
Fisher moves on
Former KTNV-TV, Channel 13, anchor Beth Fisher has taken a community relations position with the Metropolitan Police Department. Fisher had been social media officer for the city of Henderson since leaving KTNV in September 2019.
Not so ‘Crazy’
Don’t be surprised to know “Crazy Girls” is looking to Westgate Cabaret as a possible new home. The topless revue was shut down when Caesars Entertainment closed its Planet Hollywood theater in May. The show has a deep history on the Strip, 35 years combined at Riviera and Planet Hollywood Resort, and a famous statue that could well complement the Elvis in the lobby.
The person who handed Lady Gaga a crown — because she is the queen — at Park Theater on Thursday night was Sarah Hester Ross. She is the headliner at Bar at Times Square at New York-New York, and also at Notoriety Live at Neonopolis, and a reliably funny individual.
Cool Hang Alert
Kelly Clinton-Holmes’ Thursday night “Sit In” at The Nevada Room has turned into a happening. Consistently full. Last week, Clinton-Holmes danced it up with Bubba Knight, an original member of Gladys Knight & the Pips. They had the classic moves down, folks. No cover. Dinner is served. Make reservations or risk being shut out.
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