The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Mike Tyson is doing a one-man show in New York, Charlie Bucket heads to the West End, and Ed Helms is a busy man.
Onetime popular boxer-turned-convicted rapist-turned-weird self-parodier Mike Tyson is now adding "Broadway performer" to his checkered résumé. He will be doing a six-show run of his Spike Lee-directed one man show Undisputed Truth on the Great White Way (coming from a Vegas run), from July 31 to August 5. The show is basically Tyson telling his life story to the audience, which sounds great, because listening to that voice for two hours is probably not annoying or horrible at all. What we're wondering today is: Who is this for? Boxing fans probably don't go to the theater much, right? So who else is there? Old people who go see Broadway plays probably wouldn't be too interested. God knows the theater queens won't be. It just seems very strange. Our guess is that the limited run-ness of it will be the major draw — people wanting to experience a rare thing — and that Spike Lee's involvement will attract some viewers. But just Mike Tyson on his own? Doesn't sound like much of a theater thing. [Playbill]
Speaking of theater, Sam Mendes has signed on to direct a new West End stage musical based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Because, yes, the two movie adaptations, both of which had music numbers in them, just weren't enough. We really need more. As many adaptations as the world can handle, that's what we say! [Playbill]