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Tyler Perry to take stage for Madea Christmas special

tylerperryMadea is ready to make merry.

Tickets for “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” coming to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on May 13 and 14, go on sale Friday. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000.

All seats are $25 plus fees. You can get in on the pre-sale and buy them today using the password “Gift.”

The production is billed as “an early Christmas gift.” Here’s the plot: “a wealthy family meets for Christmas at their posh Cape Cod estate; family arguments and secrets cause quite a stir. It takes Mr. Brown, Cora and the almighty Madea to save this Christmas and make it into a foot-stomping good time.”

Perry’s latest Madea movie, “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” comes out April 22. It was adapted from the play he said he penned as he was grieving the loss of his mother.

His latest play marks a return of sorts to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. His film “For Colored Girls,” released last fall, shot a scene there. It was the scene in which Janet Jackson’s character attends the opera with her husband, played by Omari Hardwick.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

34 comments Add your comment

Kat

April 14th, 2011
12:18 pm

Is this a “first-run” to see if it will translate well into a movie?

sharon

April 14th, 2011
12:44 pm

Kat, Tyler should make this into a movie. I bet it would be a hit!

Fees huh

April 14th, 2011
12:50 pm

The fees are almost $10.00. OMG! How can Ticketmaster charge this much? I was just about to buy until I saw that!

One trick pony

April 14th, 2011
1:34 pm

Been there, done that, again and again and again….

Amia

April 14th, 2011
1:42 pm

I’m game. I love Madea! Never get tired of her(him). :)

J

April 14th, 2011
3:01 pm

Seriously, how much more of this Madea crap must we endure? And why does the AJC have to treat Madea like Shakespeare?

beautywithstyle

April 14th, 2011
3:03 pm

Bought my tickets this morning..YAY!! Im excited :}

RJ's WIFE

April 14th, 2011
3:32 pm

GO MADEA!!!!!!!

Madea's Enemas for Christ party

April 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

Scab theif

April 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

Why does Tyler Perry keep doing this Madea character? Is it because the character is so creattive and does not perpetuate black sterotypes?….Or is it because Tyler Perry LOVES to dress up as a woman?

Wazineh Suleiman

April 14th, 2011
3:50 pm

Please try to see this from my perspective. My husband is a controlling jerk.

J

April 14th, 2011
3:56 pm

@Scab theif

Because all black comedies involve men dressing in drag. Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence spend more time as ugly chicks on screen than as dudes. Then there was a black move called whick chicks, with more men in drag

thatsme

April 14th, 2011
10:22 pm

J – Don’t go there. Patrick Swayze (RIP), Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, John Travolta, and Dustin Hoffman to name a short few.

TylerPerryIsARacistPig

April 14th, 2011
10:23 pm

Poor Tyler Perry. He is such an uncreative, bigoted angry black (wo)man. TP needs to bow down and unleash the hatred he possesses toward all other races. This fine black specimen only hires his own people. Hates all other races… Where is the justice in that TP?

Ps- who the eff is Madea? Srsly?

JAP

April 14th, 2011
11:11 pm

Someone please help me!! I wanted to do the presale, but I don’t know where to put the password in? What do I do?

Debi

April 15th, 2011
12:25 am

Seriously? From “stereotyping” to “racist pig”? REALLY?!?! I find it laughable that, in the 21st century, when a person of color finds success outside the sports arena, in a positive forum, he’s STILL got to be criticized? It wasn’t that the comments stated a personal opinion of not caring for Tyler/Madea-no, he was straight-up SLANDERED! Just shows IGNORANCE, the inability to put someone else down to “edify” oneself. Oh, and btw-before you go spouting what you DON’T KNOW, please do the intelligent crowd a favor-check “The Family The Preys, STARING oscar award winner Kathy Bates (a non-African American), Kadee Strickland of t.v.’s Private Practice (a non African American)-that’s just ONE example. And more to the point of who he hires-was it a problem for YEARS when blacks could only be represented as maids, slaves, pimps & prostitutes in movies, and now, we’re represented in a more accurate light? Wealthy, successful, talented & intelligent? Does that “threaten” others who don’t understand that, even when we WERE being persecuted, we were a threat, and now, others are finally realizing our power? A wealthy, intelligent & successful black man, who YOU DON’T KNOW, and who’s done NOTHING to you is a means for you to feel inferior because he’s accomplished what you could not-without drugs, without sports, without a rap deal-and you can’t stand it!!! And that’s why God’s going to keep Tyler on top, while you continue to look up, point, and hate-because you can’t get to where he is! GROW UP!!!

Jake

April 15th, 2011
12:38 am

Very well put Debi. It makes me laugh when I see such negative posts. Reason being is that even though they dislike a person they still take the time to read the article. Hipos!

American

April 15th, 2011
7:08 am

@TylerPerryIsARacistPig – eat s..t & die!!! If you don’t like it don’t spoil life for others because are a flea on the butt of life! YOU need a hug!! God Bless the pest! Amen

pmuckle

April 15th, 2011
7:54 am

can’f afford to see a play, but can afford to see his movies~

really??

April 15th, 2011
8:53 am

People can say what they want but Mr. Perry’s work touched me this past year when I needed it most. There were evenings I didn’t know how I was going to get up the next day and smile and do it all over again and boom there was Madea’s Family Reunion or Dairy of a Mad Black Woman or Meet the Browns. I would laugh and realize that what I was going through sucked but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. His has a gift and has shared it with the world. And as for stereotype’s Madea is a southern stereotype because we white folks whether we will admit it or not all have a Madea in our families too.

sharon

April 15th, 2011
9:24 am

Anybody as benevolent as Mr. Perry is alright in my book. I’ll take his kind over most of you anyday. Amen Debi

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

April 15th, 2011
9:32 am

So prolific. I admire Mr. Perry, he seems to be constantly at work. What a robust legacy he will leave behind.

In the beginning, I did not like his work. I too was offended by the buffoonery and “black men in drag” portrayals. Since then, I have leaned to look deeper into his work and see that there is an uplifting and positive message. Madea is now an icon and as an icon, she is empowered to make us think and reflect about ourselves in ways that a “serious” personality can not.

I am also thankful that Mr. Perry represents a strong and positive role model for our youth, especially our black youth.

hotlanta

April 15th, 2011
9:58 am

I don’t want to get a massage everytime I look at something. Sometimes I want to be entertained.

alford

April 15th, 2011
4:59 pm

Does anybody remember when Blacks were not allied to perform in the movies? Even now their are a lot of white movies without Black people, so what are you taking about ignoramus.

Fay Ennis

April 16th, 2011
1:39 am

MORE BUFFONERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enemas for Easter

April 16th, 2011
9:08 am

So the Madea character is not an unfair stereotype of elderly black women?

Rich Black

April 16th, 2011
5:33 pm

The following is IMHO: Tyler Perry hit it big with Madea and was funny as can be. I have loved the charachter. Having said that I have seen him in other movies and the man just can’t act. He should stay behind the camera. Oh and for heavens sake come out of the closet and be a real role model for todays youth.

vjones

April 17th, 2011
2:58 pm

I too love the :Madea character:. Say what you want, BUT, Madea pays!!! chaching$$$$$$$$

Nancy

April 18th, 2011
7:00 am

I just wish everybody would just keep race and color out of everything. When God looks at us he doesn’t see color he sees our hearts. For all those people that pretend not to like Tyler Perry (Madea), please quit kidding yourself, your on his website. LOL

WillBeThere

April 18th, 2011
9:51 am

Hooray for Tyler Perry! Love that this play will be at the Cobb Energy Centre also! Definitely supporting the (Black) Arts! Congrats to the whole TPS!

bean

April 19th, 2011
12:58 am

Thank you Debi …. Guess what I am a 55 year old white women and i love Tyler Perry, and all his work,and NO BODY will keep me from supporting his craft. Oh and lets not forget the thousands of People it also supports with JOBS . Yes I will be in the theater on friday and the haters can take a seat at a Barney show .Maybe they will like him better….hes purple

Offer something the world can really use...

April 19th, 2011
8:38 am

Haters~ if you don’t like his work, then don’t support. Period. This isn’t rocket science. Take your hate and go sit in the corner.
Try being positive…you may like it.

Debra

April 19th, 2011
10:27 am

Tyler Perry is blessed and he forwards the blessing to others. When you can go from living in a car to a house (mansion). Tyler does so much for people, but you don’t hear about it or read about it. He just rebuilt a ladies house for her and her grandchildren that was burnt to the ground. He gives to multiple charities. Keep up the good work Mr. Perry.

If you don’t like his work, don’t watch.

Dominique

April 19th, 2011
11:04 am

Let’s be honest here there are plenty of things that are out there that don’t include african americans but africans americans support. Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, to name a few are ads in the magazines that you never see a black model represent but black people are always buying those designers fashions. You’ve never seen Louis Vuitton ads in Vogue Magazine with african amercian models. On the tv series two and a half men, Seinfield, Friends just to name a few again there are no african american roles as well but these are the highest paying shows. On the movie The devil wears prada I don’t remember seeing any african american actors in that movie as well. So if Tyler Perry decides to make movies, plays and tv shows will mostly african amercian characters screw what the rest of the worlds thinks because it’s time we got a chance in all aspects of hollywood as well. He is employing alot of actors, stage lighters, directors, and so on that wasn’t given the chances in hollywood that they deserve. I support what he doing I will go see every play, movie, tv show, and anything else he doing!! If he decides to come out with a line of handbags next I’ll buy them off the shelf too!! Ha ha #wewinning