Describing why he wants to take the show to more audiences, he said: “The stage gets me high, the fans get me high. That’s the high I was looking for when I was doing drugs.”
In the show, produced by director Spike Lee, “Iron Mike” — accompanied by musicians — recounts his tough childhood in Brooklyn, roller-coaster career, and drug- and alcohol-fueled lifestyle that eventually landed him behind bars.
Mr. Tyson will kick off his 10-week U.S. tour in Indianapolis on Feb. 12, with shows in 36 cities including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and the District.
Travolta, Newton-John record Christmas album
John Travolta and his on-screen love in “Grease,” Olivia Newton-John, have recorded together for the first time in 30 years, making a Christmas album honoring the star’s late son, Jett.
Speaking to Australia’s Fairfax Media Tuesday, the pair said they had remained close friends since their roles as Danny and Sandy in the hit musical and were delighted to be working together again.
“Olivia and I have always wanted to work together again … but unless it’s right and organic, it feels like you’re forcing something and I didn’t want anyone to feel that way,” Mr. Travolta said on why it took so long.
According to Agence France-Presse, the star of “Pulp Fiction,” “Get Shorty” and “Hairspray” said an album was appealing because “I love to sing, and I don’t get a chance to do it a lot.”
“To join Olivia again, where we’ve succeeded at this level, to do that is a beautiful opportunity. I can’t believe it,” he said.
Their new album, “This Christmas,” includes a song by John Farrar, who wrote their famous pop duet “You’re the One That I Want.” The video for the new song will have its global release on Wednesday.
Miss Newton-John, who admits she still has the skin-tight black pants she wore in the movie, said she remains surprised at the success of the film about the love affairs of 1950s high school students.
“We still have little kids coming up to us who are discovering the movies. It’s like three generations who love the movie, who are going to be thrilled to see Danny and Sandy, as they think of us, together again,” she said.
Proceeds from the album, which also features Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and James Taylor as guest artists, will go toward the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne.
“For us, it’s a wonderful way of giving back to causes that we care about, and we’re also giving the fans back something that they might like to see us do,” Miss Newton-John, a cancer survivor, said.
Jett Travolta died in 2009 at age 16 after suffering a seizure. His father said Christmas can be a difficult time for his family.