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  1. Mike Tyson of Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

  2. William Shatner in Shatner's World: We All Just Live in It

  3. John Leguizamo in Ghetto Klown

  4. Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking

  5. Chita Rivera, center, in Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life

  6. Suzanne Somers in The Blonde in the Thunderbird

  7. Billy Crystal in 700 Sundays

  8. Elaine Stritch

Mike Tyson tries to knock out Broadway in the latest celebrity-stage matchup

Celebrities from all over flock to the Great White Way to tell their life stories; the latest is boxing champ Mike Tyson. We rate the results.


The world’s most controversial heavyweight champion boxer is bringing his dramatic life story to Broadway in autobiographical one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth for a 12-performance run. Film great Spike Lee will direct the production.

Will Undisputed Truth be a Charlie Sheen–type fiasco or a moving tell-all that pulls no punches? Judging by how other celebrities have fared when spilling their souls on the Great White Way, Tyson’s got a fighting chance.

Celeb: William Shatner
Claim to fame: Captain James Tiberius Kirk on Star Trek, Emmy-winning role on Boston Legal, goofy Priceline pitchman

Claim to infamy: T.J. Hooker, terrible toupee, really bad covers of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Rocket Man”
Show: Shatner's World: We All Just Live in It (2012)
Why it worked: Shatner’s greatest talent is that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. That down-to-earth self-deprecation came through in this collection of monologues that chronicled his career from Shakespeare to Star Trek, plus his awful singing and unbridled love of horses.

Celeb: John Leguizamo
Claim to fame: Brilliant solo shows featuring high-energy impersonations and cutting-edge humor; solid character work in flicks such as To Wong Foo, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet

Claim to infamy: The Pest, voicing the annoying sloth in the Ice Age movies
Show: Ghetto Klown (2011)

Why it sucked: Leguizamo previously performed two fantastic comedic confessional solo shows on Broadway: Freak, about his tumultuous upbringing and Sexaholix... A Love Story about his romantic life. But his streak was broken with Ghetto Klown, an overlong self-indulgent snoozer—a combination of greatest hits, self-pity and TMI about his not-so-interesting marriage.

Celeb: Carrie Fisher
Claim to fame: Princess Leia in Star Wars, author of Postcards from the Edge, former top Hollywood script doctor
Claim to infamy: Fluctuating figure, drug problems, Republican lobbyist dying of an overdose in her bed
Show: Wishful Drinking (2009)
Why it worked: The geek goddess emerged barefoot and proceeded to bare her over-therapized soul. Whether battling bipolar disorder, drugs or life’s little downers—like a tempestuous romance with Paul Simon, her baby-daddy coming out of the closet or her pal dying in her house—the force of humor was always with her.

Celeb: Chita Rivera
Claim to fame: Two-time Tony winner for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award

Claim to infamy: None really—we don’t even mind that the sexy septuagenarian still dyes her hair jet-black (although that’s got to be a wig, right?).
Show: Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (2005)

Why it sucked: The triple-threat stage star has had a blessed life, which unfortunately makes for a very dull show. While it was thrilling to see the leggy legend perform her signature numbers onstage, the sentimental script by Terrence McNally and unnecessary backup ensemble made Rivera’s story stumble not sing.

Celeb: Suzanne Somers
Claim to fame: The original ditz on Three’s Company, self-help diva, breast-cancer survivor
Claim to infamy: High-profile feuds with producers and costars, infomercials for ThighMaster and other low-rent products, dispensing questionable medical advice

Show: The Blonde in the Thunderbird (2005)

Why it sucked: Who thought this show was a good idea? Oh, right, Somers's husband, Alan Hamel, who produced this lame vanity production, which closed after only 19 performances (and that includes previews!). The reviews were universally dreadful, but perhaps the most biting criticism came from The New York Times, which said it had “all the emotional grit of an infomercial.” Guess she was just sticking to what she knew.

Celeb: Billy Crystal
Claim to fame: Creating iconic characters on Saturday Night Live; hosting the Oscars (even in a pinch); starring in a slew of hit comedies like When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers and Analyze This
Claim to infamy: Starring in a slew of lame comedies like America's Sweethearts, Forget Paris and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold; reportedly being difficult to work with
Show: 700 Sundays (2004)
Why it worked: The popular comedic actor shared tales from his early life as a funny Jewish boy on Long Island and played all of the kooky characters who made him who he is, including his late father. The show enjoyed a healthy run and snagged a Best Special Theatrical Event Tony Award.

Celeb: Elaine Stritch
Claim to fame: Introducing "The Ladies Who Lunch" in the original production of Company on Broadway, playing Alec Baldwin’s overbearing mother on 30 Rock, stealing scenes
Claim to infamy: Alcoholism, pissing off lots of people (and not really caring)
Show: Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2002)
Why it worked: The best of the bunch, this searing solo show stripped the subject raw with humor and poignancy. Stritch was equally compelling delivering her signature songs, sharing celebrity encounters, and tearfully recounting the death of her husband and her struggles with alcohol. It deservedly won a Best Special Theatrical Event Tony Award.

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