Playing the Field: Mike Tyson is dancing on the Tony Awards

The Tony Awards were on last night and since you’re a sports fan you probably were otherwise occupied with Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

(No comment on what you would’ve been watching otherwise.)

But there was a brief sports cameo during host Neil Patrick Harris’s opening number. Boxer Mike Tyson was dancing and semi-singing his way into Broadway’s heart.

Tyson had a one-man show on Broadway this year called “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” It only had six showings, so probably more people were on stage for that crazy opening number than saw Tyson’s show. The play, directed by Spike Lee, actually received very positive reviews. He doesn’t, by the way, dance or sing during the show to the best of my knowledge.

I suggest you watch the entire opening number, because Harris is pretty crazily talented if you’re into singing and dancing and such. He puts Billy Crystal’s old Oscar openings to shame. Also, what’s with Harris’s vertical jumping through that hoop and busting through the paper? Where did that come from?

But if all you want to see is Tyson, his cameo comes just after the three-minute mark.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. He promises not to dance; no promises about singing.


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