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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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