We. Need. To. See. This.
There are going to be only 11 shows!
"This is not some dog-and-pony show. This is legit theater. We want people who have never been to a boxing match to come see this. Because who else in America, in the 20th century, had a life like Mike's? The peaks and valleys — you couldn't make it up!"
Spike even says that he had been courted for quite some time by theater owner James Nederlander:
"Jimmy had been talking to me for three years about doing Broadway. My wife, Tonya, has been telling me for years that Do the Right Thing would make a good musical. Other people have told me it should be School Daze. But it was Mike who gave me that jolt."
As for Mike? He's been training:
"In Vegas, you can (mess) around. Everybody's drunk; some don't even notice what you're saying. I have a speech coach now. It's funny; I'm 46 years old and none of my friends told me they needed an interpreter when I spoke to them. I hate it, but Cus always told me that discipline is doing something you hate to do, but doing it like you love it."
Sounds intense, Mike.
We wish nothing but the best for you and Spike — we hope the show is a hit, and that people are moved by it!
We just hope that we'll be able to catch it someday, even if it doesn't go past the slated 11 days!
[Image via Ramey Pix.]