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Tyler Perry's new stage play coming to Southern California in January

December 28, 2009 | 10:16 am

MadeaIn the last year, the prolific Tyler Perry directed two movies released in 2009, directed another one that will be released next year and served as an executive producer on the movie "Precious." He also continued to work on his two sitcoms -- "Meet the Browns" and "House of Payne."

In the moments between all of these, Perry has apparently found time to write and produce a new stage play that he announced this weekend will tour the country in 2010. 

"Madea's Big Happy Family" will star Perry in his most famous role -- the hot-tempered, full-figured, firearm-brandishing Southern grandmother known as Madea.

The play is scheduled to tour the country from January to May, with two stops in Southern California. Perry will perform at San Diego's Sports Arena for one night on Jan. 6. He will also stop at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood for a six-day run from Jan. 19-24.

Also on the itinerary are engagements at Oakland's Paramount Theatre, New York's Madison Square Garden and Chicago's Arie Crown Theater. Perry will also perform in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre.

The Kodak Theatre said that "Madea's Big Happy Family" replaces the previously announced production of Perry's "Laugh to Keep From Crying," which was scheduled to tour in the fall of 2009 through 2010.

On his website, Perry wrote that he is already in rehearsals for his return as Madea. He added that the play will feature music, though he didn't say if it would be a musical.

"I am so glad I have decided to go out on tour," Perry wrote. 

"You can't imagine how much I need to be in front of the people right now. To get that give-and-take, I am so looking forward to it. Can you believe it's been five years since I've toured? So I'm coming to make you hurt yourself in a good way."

Perry began his career as a playwright before embarking on his film career in 2005 with "Diary of a Mad Black Woman." Many of his films are adapted from his stage plays.

-- David Ng

Photo credit: Kodak Theatre / The Tyler Perry Company

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My favorite Tyler role is the Ambassador in the new Star Trek movie released this year!!

OMG THIS PLAY IS GOIN MAKE ME LMAO WOW TYLER P.A.K.A MADEA YOU COMMING OUT WITH SOME HITS

Tyler Perry's ART is a game. The key is to keep flying in the face of the "no win" scenario. EDIT the program, change the rules and play to win--even if it means cheating on the Kobayashi Maru and getting kicked out of the Academy.

My wife already has tickets, going with a group of friends she got for cheap awhile back, though neither of us can stand the down low brothas stuff. She does love the Medea character, but I find intelligent black america split, half knowing he is manipulating with sterotypes of the lowest common denominator, Same story over and over, husband evil, dark skin girl abused, and women get together to save the day. Better than Oprah where all men are evil, and at least isnt focused on light skin girls with "good" hair all the time.

Still amazes me ho so many church folk cant see that he is truly down low, amazing that we see what we want to see. Adn that he has a fomula, shallow stuff, the only thing funny is Medea her/himself. Loved the Solomon style decision with the chainsaw on the furniture. He is huge in the Bible belt. Truly bizarre. It is an alernative to all the damn hiphop misogynist stuff, but cant we do a little better than this? Spike ran out ot themes I guess, and Hollywood doesnt want relevant movies any more than the art world wants art that is of a common humanity, rather than just common.

art collegia delenda est

i am a South African lady,and i cant tell you how much we love Tyler Perry out here,well especially me. The only problem for me is that i cannot seem to get his entire collection besides,Mad Black Woman and Family Reunion.if there's anyone who knows where in Joburg i can get it please let me know.Above all else Tyler Perry is the man.Thank the LORD ALMIGHTY for keeping us entertained with decent,colourful funny material. Much love from lerato in South Africa. Lerato means Love by the way.

I WENT AND SAW THE PLAY AT THE SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA, AND I CANT TELL YOU HOW AMAZING IT WAS. I LAUGHED SO HARD I CRIED AND THEN THERE WERE PARTS THAT REALLY HIT HOME WITH THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN MY LIFE AND CRIED FROM THAT...I COULD SIT AND WATCH IT OVER AND OVER.....I HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING THAT TYLER PERRY HAS DONE AND THEY KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER. WHAT I LOVED THE MOST IS THAT ALOT OF PEOPLE THAT DO NOT KNOW ABOUT GOD WILL HEAR SOME KIND OF A MESSAGE, I KNOW THAT ALOT OF PEOPLE WILL GET SAVED FROM HIS MESSAGES. THANK YOU AND ALL UR STAFF AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!

I've prayed "Lord, Inspire me, take me to heights I've never been and give me visions I've never seen. Not for sake of greed nor selfishness, but in the lesson of knowing who I am and how far I can go".

Seeing your life is a answer to that prayer. I'm eternally grateful. Your achievements have given flight to my dreams and possibilities.

Hi madea i was so happy to hear that you were doing a live play, i have so missed that, and i moved to Portland about three years ago from cal. need i say more green but thats all. but when i heard you were coming to Portland my thought was, the Blessing of the Lord maketh Rich and add no sorry to it. i hope all knows that God just blessed Portland Or. as alway i enjoyed it very much,please dont stop doing live plays thats the best. Love you and God Bless Rachel

My boyfriend and I saw your Play in San Diego.We loved it!Our world seems to be in such a dark place right now.I know it can only get better.Laughing is the best medicine.Thank-you so much.I laughed so hard and then cried.I think we can all see a little of ourselfs in Madea's family.I also love that you always have a message from God.Please keep it coming.Looking forward to your next show.Your oldschool music rocks!!!Your cast is so talented.I think some new stars were being born.Tyler you are such a blessing to us all.

I have tickets to see the play. I already know that it will be an experience that I will not soon forget. I am taking my mother along also. She just love her some Tyler Perry. I wish you well and may God continue to bless you and your cast.

We would like to know if, an when are you coming to Beaumont, Texas with your new play Madeas big happy family. we love to see you.

I truly enjoyed myself last night watching and singing along with the old school music. I thank you, Mr. Perry for being the person who you are. God gave us a wonderful story teller who make perfect sense when it comes to today family values. You were on point talking about the young men wearing their pants down. Your right put a belt on, no true woman want to see those dirty unwear, have some respect for yourself. People kill me when they are hating on a brother who has dreams and know how to make money on the real side instead of being a corner drug store dealer.

Are you bringing the play back to rockford I really enjoy all the hard work you do that shows anything you set out to do can be done.

i love all of your plays and movies and would like to become an official member of your fan club


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