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Tyler Perry hits road with new ‘Madea’ stage play

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(Photo by Robb Cohen, for the AJC)

Enough with the enormously successful movies. Tyler Perry misses the stage.

“There is nothing like a live performance,” he told fans in a recent blog posting. “It’s been five years since I’ve been on the road and the timing just happened to fall right into place. I needed to get away from Hollywood for a second (and) clear my head.”

The head-clearing starts in January, as a live touring production of the new play “Madea’s Big Happy Family” launches in Denver. The show makes it back to Georgia for a Feb. 14 performance at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, plays the Savannah Civic Center April 13-14 and will be at the Fox Theatre April 15-18. (Tickets are $41.55 to $126.95; see www.foxtheatre.org).

“Get your tickets early,” Tyler told fans. “I want you to have the opportunity to get good seats first before the rest of the country hears about the advertising, okay?”

Uh, okay.

67 comments Add your comment

O No

December 3rd, 2009
1:37 pm

Ugh. Why can’t he just stay gone for good?

Julie

December 3rd, 2009
1:43 pm

How about you stay gone forever!!!!

Kiki LaBlink

December 3rd, 2009
1:45 pm

Yeah, go somewhere and take that ghetto-azz Madea with you…such an embarrassment to the black community.

Gwen

December 3rd, 2009
1:46 pm

Looking forward to seeing the play. Thanks, Tyler.

Deborah Jennings

December 3rd, 2009
1:48 pm

You people on this blog need to get a life. There is nothing ghetto about Madea and I can’t wait to see the play. Good for you Mr. Perry.

Tipp Smooth

December 3rd, 2009
1:48 pm

Will any shows come to Jacksonville, Fl or the surrouding area.

Critical Thinker

December 3rd, 2009
1:48 pm

@ O No: Because others feel differently. Always remember – for each item you may despise, you can find someone who adores it.

Haters

December 3rd, 2009
1:49 pm

Julie and O No…

He doesn’t even make movies that interest you, so what’s up with the hate? Is it because he’s wealthy? Is it because he’s talented? Or is it because he’s BLACK? I think it’s because of the latter. You people really trip me out on how you hate on wealthy black people. Especially since he’s done nothing wrong. Get a life, both of you.

NEED TO SEE ANOTHER SIDE OF YOU

December 3rd, 2009
1:50 pm

I love Tyler Perry’s movie’s and plays BUT they are a bit redundant..I would like to see other movies and play’s that are more like “A family that Prey’s”. It had a different twist with little of Madea in it…Can she just die already!!! They are starting to be a tad bit to silly and not funny anymore. Need to see another side of your talent. GET OUT THE BOX TYLER!!!Just sayin….

AtlantaMo

December 3rd, 2009
1:50 pm

Maybe after some time for reflection he will a) come out of the closet, and b) make a movie that’s not identical to his previous ones.

Chinagirl

December 3rd, 2009
1:50 pm

Tyler Great job and thanks for all that you do for your community and for surrounding communities. You are such a genuine person that has a very generous heart. You always have a positive message in your plays and the movies…but I must admit the plays are my favorite too. Thank your for sharing your creativity with us and for making us laugh out loud, cry, rejoice. Your work is very much needed and such a blessing. Keep it up.

Luvs Me Some Madea

December 3rd, 2009
1:52 pm

I’m a 50 year old white woman and I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE his brilliance. I watch ALL his movies….Wish I Never Married, The Browns, ANYTHING Madea….Tyler’s comedy/drama is un-parallelled in Hollywood and his movies ALWAYS have a positive message. I’ve seen where some blacks believe his movies exploit black culture but they are completely wrong. It’s hard to exploit truth and as the saying goes “The truth shall set you free”. I love the black culture in this country and some of my best friends have been black. Sometimes it’s truely the differences that can embrace and promote love and understanding. I only wish a white genious of Perry’s talent and courage would show the ugliness that exists in the rich, white elitists who feel entitlement is theirs that others, regardless of color, are there to serve them.

Critical Thinker

December 3rd, 2009
1:53 pm

@Kiki LaBlink: Madea is the very last thing we need to be concerned about. Until we can say that the educational and financial gaps are closed, how Madea makes the Black community look to mainstream society is the least of our worries.

pmuckle

December 3rd, 2009
1:53 pm

Oh boy i can’t wait!

Breeze

December 3rd, 2009
1:54 pm

I’ll be there. I’ve enjoyed all the plays I’ve attended thus far so I won’t miss this one. I luvs me some Madea too. :)

Critical Thinker

December 3rd, 2009
1:56 pm

@ AtlantaMo: I hear you on (b) but (a) makes no sense…I’m not saying that he is in the closet, but if he was, it is noone’s business but his own.

I think society as a whole needs to stay out of other’s closet and work on organizing their own.

Luvs Me Some Madea

December 3rd, 2009
1:59 pm

Critical….Tyler is on the right track. My sister didn’t have a clue who Madea was…she’d seen the “big, ol’ black woman” passing by the TV screen but I educated her on Tyler, his movies, his characters over the Thanksgiving weekend. Now she can’t wait to watch. We’re getting there…one at a time…just be patient. :-)

AtlantaMo

December 3rd, 2009
2:01 pm

@Critical Thinker: Come out, come out…. You’re not thinking critically….

Luvs Me Some Madea

December 3rd, 2009
2:01 pm

But one more thing…so what IF he IS in the closet. Can’t take away from his genious! The world would be a duller place without Tyler Perry. Let the man live his life and keep bringing us his talent.

Tiptoe89

December 3rd, 2009
2:09 pm

Your first chance to see the play in Georgia will be in Macon on Tuesday, Feb 9th at the Macon Coliseum. Funny how the AJC didn’t include that in their article.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Dec 5.

Ticket Information: Tickets On Sale Date: 5 Dec 2009 10:00 AM
Ticket Prices: $47.50, $67.50, $77.50 Groups 20 +: $5 off per
All seats reserved.

Tyler Perry’s announcement:

Big Announcement!

I wanted to tell you this before the tickets went on sale in most places….Madea is officially going on tour! That’s right, a Madea play, live on tour! I have managed to carve out about a year to go on the road and see you all again.

I gotta tell you, I have missed you. There is nothing like a live performance and if you’ve never seen a Madea play, then you haven’t seen Madea at all. It is an experience, just ask someone who’s seen it…..SMILE

It’s been 5 years since I’ve been on the road and the timing just happened to fall right into place. I needed to get away from Hollywood for a second…clear my head. There is no better way to do that than to come out and see your faces and be reminded of where this all started.

The show is called MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY. I’m going to come through as many cities as I can. I can’t wait to see you! This play is going to be amazing! –Tyler Perry

FAMUAKA

December 3rd, 2009
2:23 pm

I’ll be @ the Fox on April 16th or 17th. I’m glad to know Madea will be in on this play.

Donna

December 3rd, 2009
2:23 pm

i have always liked the plays best….thank you tyler for coming back to the stage

writegirl

December 3rd, 2009
2:32 pm

Love Tyler Perry! Whether movies or stage plays, he is the best!

Lilly Ann

December 3rd, 2009
2:38 pm

I love Tyler and there’s bigger bucks in a traveling stage!

RG

December 3rd, 2009
2:40 pm

There is such a thing as ‘overexposure’. Tyler doesn’t give us a chance to really miss him. I think that putting out so many things ‘right behind each other’ can sometime affect the quality of the movie or production. I agree that Tyler is extremely talented and has done some good work, but at this time, I’m on Tyler Overload.

Decatur housewife

December 3rd, 2009
2:52 pm

$126.95! I love Tyler but not that damn much! Come on TP, it’s the lil’ people who put you where you are! What are you offering this go round that tickets would be over $100! I won’t be going!

Stop the Madness

December 3rd, 2009
2:58 pm

I love Tyler Perry! he is so smart and one of the best. I am proud of him.Go Perry!

doeday12

December 3rd, 2009
3:02 pm

We love you Mr. Perry and we love your work. Love what you did for the needy.

JR

December 3rd, 2009
3:06 pm

Why all the hate, if you don’t like his movies or shows don’t watch them, Tyler keep doing what you’re doing.Let the haters hate, be blessed!

Rich

December 3rd, 2009
3:06 pm

I think that the black community wants so much to have someone to cling to in Hollywood that they have allowed him to achieve success after Madea. I liked Madea but just like any other film that has five hundred sequels…enough is enough. I also liked Diary of a Mad Black Woman. But let’s face it, he made his money and stardom as a drag queen. Good thing he has clung to the likes of Oprah to keep his career going forward. And just for all those Haters out there…..I think the man is Gay also. Good for him. I think he’s a respectable guy.

Lee

December 3rd, 2009
3:09 pm

I like Tyler, I just think his plays and movies, sometimes t.v., are getting tired … at some point he is going to need to reinvent himself …. sorry, just my opinion and I’m not asking anyone to agree.

Y R U Jealous

December 3rd, 2009
3:26 pm

God Bless you Mr. Perry! I appreciate your craft and all that you do to uplift a sunken era of HOPE! Continue doing YOU!

wildman

December 3rd, 2009
3:28 pm

You are 100% exactly correct Lee. Please Tyler enough is enough it’s time to move on…

CWILLI

December 3rd, 2009
3:35 pm

Decatur housewife tickets are not just one price, they have a price for you if you wanted to go. I think you have to understand the business to understand what he is doing. First of all he is not in a play by himself people have to get paid not only in from of the scenes but behind the scenes. His sexuality is his business, and what someone thinks doesn’t matter because he is taking your thoughts and dropping them in the bank. “Smooches”

Cammi317

December 3rd, 2009
3:41 pm

I prefer the stage plays to the movie adaptations. The only movie that I actually liked was I Can Do Bad All By Myself. The television shows are, for lack of a better term, hot ghetto messes. I can occasionally stomach House of Payne which has a funny moment now and then, but Meet the Browns is a total waste of airtime. I agree that he is doing too much and over exposure may soon prove to be the death of his empire. I guess in the meantime he is raking in all of the money that he can….

Bubba's Tanning Salon

December 3rd, 2009
3:41 pm

Ive honestly never enjoyed watching any of his movies, but he obviously has a large fan base interested in his work. Just seems like his movies are the same thing over and over again. Come out with something totally new and different, then pop back into the scene after your Hollywood break on the road, who knows, you may come up with some new material while your out there!

Barbara

December 3rd, 2009
3:43 pm

I am a 43 year old white woman and I love Tyler Perry. I think he has done wonders in bridging racial divides with his clever movies and plays. I feel like I learn more about black folks and their upbringing but at the same time I see all the things we have in common. He is brilliant at findind a way to make all audiences feel special and comfortable. Good luck Tyler. The first thing of his that I ever saw was a play version of “why did I get married”. I have since seen many movies and have purchased the “movie” of “why did I get married”. I think the play was better! I wish Tyler the very best of luck and I hope he keeps doing the good work of appealing to all audiences and making everyone leave with a smile on their face and a warmth in their heart.

Tanisha

December 3rd, 2009
3:51 pm

I love Tyler! I love his work. He truly deserves every blessing God bestows on him. For all his haters (including you Jennifer Brett), keep hating because thats what keeps him motivated! Tyler – Do you! Keep up the GREAT work and I will get my ticket asap!!!

Critical Thinker

December 3rd, 2009
4:05 pm

@ Rich: The Black community does not see Perry as “someone to cling to in Hollywood” – it is not that deep (besides, the likes of Morgan, Halle, Denzel, Will, Forrest, Jamie, etc would do if this was the case). It is about what some people are attracted to right now and his style of films/tv shows are satistfying that group – enough to allow him to make money, hire others, and continue doing what he’s doing. Believe me – the fickle show biz will let one know when it’s time to walk – until that time, anyone would continue striking while the iron’s hot. Yes, the hope is that he is preparing himself for a future reinvention when it is necessary. But until then we either watch or not watch. *shrugs*…just not that deep.

Treene

December 3rd, 2009
4:06 pm

Okay, I was fine with Tyler having his play called Laugh to Keep from Crying. Of course with this play he was not starring in it. A gang us went out and bought tickets under the Siman presale code. The price was ranging from $30.00 and up and it was to be at the Fox April 15-April 19 (same time Madea’s One Big Happy Famly is going to be at the Fox).
PROBLEM:
Tyler decided that he wanted to do Madea’s One Big Happy Family. Now that’s fine and good b/c I’ll support him, what I dont like is when people play with my money$. Ticketmaster has no idea whether they are going to cancel the play Laugh to Keep from Crying and refund our money or if they are going to honor the tickets (and seat arrangements) that were already purchased. Of course now that Tyler is going to be in the play the ticket prices are higher.
If I wait for the announcement of a refund then I might not get a good seat b/c the Madea play is already selling seats. But I am still waiting in limbo to see if they are going to honor my previoius purchase before GOING TO BE BUY ADDITIONAL TICKETS!!!
I mean come with today’s economy why are we playing with people’s money???
Tyler can you do something bout this?

Betty

December 3rd, 2009
4:09 pm

I just wish there was some way, Tyler could connect with young Blacks, and make them understand that killing each other is not the answer to any of there problems. We have to try and connect with them.

Beth

December 3rd, 2009
5:39 pm

Anyone who doesn’t like his work either need to not watch, quit complaining or do their own plays and movies. Simple.

Glenn

December 3rd, 2009
6:08 pm

*yawn* I don’t get his appeal. He can’t act and the shows he produces are crap.

scott

December 3rd, 2009
6:16 pm

his best movie…THE FAMILY THAT PREYS…i,m a white wealthy male that loves black people and think how dull the world would be without them in it..thier talented, strong minded,and i think blacks and whites have more in common than differences. THE MOVIE.THE FAMILY THAT PREYS DRILLS IT HOME…i would hate to think of the world with only whites in it ..but love the likes OF THE GREAT CLASSY DIANA ROSS,NANCY WILSON,AND ABOVE ALL THE ULTRA CLASSY MR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA…

David B

December 3rd, 2009
7:07 pm

Yayyyy! The Minstrel Show is coming to town!!

To The Haters

December 3rd, 2009
7:50 pm

If you don’t like the man’s work then don’t go, don’t watch and don’t purchase tickets. However, his production company does give those who would not get the opportunity to work in the entertainment industry an option.

Subsequently my question to all the haters….how many people have you employed in these tough economic times???? Just as I thought……

lamont

December 3rd, 2009
11:59 pm

he dose some good plays. madea reminds me of my great aunt she died some months ago man i wish we had more people like that u know who would take you in in give u a hot meal

To those who claim "Haters"

December 4th, 2009
2:37 am

Why is not being a fan of Tyler Perry’s work make that person a “Hater”?

Dr Stan

December 4th, 2009
12:32 pm

Tyler can’t be all things to all people, nor can anyone else for that matter.

Brenda Thompson

December 5th, 2009
12:19 am

Y’all missed the show in Macon, GA on Feb. 9 at the Macon Centreplex Coliseum. It goes on sale Saturday morning, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. For more information, go to http://www.maconcentreplex.com, and go to the February calendar. This is going to be Sweet!