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Madea Returns To The Stage

Madea Returns To The Stage

After a five year hiatus Tyler Perry's most popular creation, Madea, is returning to the stage for a 5o city tour. 

Published January 4, 2010

Madea Goes to Jail 2 After a five year hiatus Tyler Perry 's most popular creation, Madea, is returning to the stage for a 5o city tour.  The show is titled Madea's Big Happy Family and Perry said on his web site: "If you have not seen 'Madea' live onstage, you haven't seen Madea at all. In the movies, I'm limited, but onstage ... FREEEEDDOMMMM!!!Considering his recent tragedy , it's great to see him back to work.

Madea's Big Happy Family opened yesterday in El Paso, Texas and received a mixed review from The El Paso Times .  Here is an excerpt:

"He manages to direct the play while onstage, fully acknowledging the performance's occasionally unpolished, dress rehearsal quality of the some moments in an otherwise inspired performance.  He often kept the audience, cast members and himself in stitches over his occasional interruption - in character, no less - for self-deprecating remarks about his own inability to remember his lines and his desire to "pop, pop, pop a gum-chewing fan in the front row who was distracting him.

The tall, 40-year-old, funny and religious Perry - who infuses a strong dose of old-time religion into his narrative - also paused the show to tie back a curtain so the audience on far stage right could see better, picked on cast members for rushing scenes or missing lines, not delivering a line with enough conviction, and, apparently, eating Doritos when off stage. "

The show will run until May. Here are the dates:

Jan 5th, 2010
Phoenix, AZ
Dodge Theatre

Jan 6th, 2010
San Diego, CA
San Diego Sports Arena

Jan 9th, 2010
Seattle, WA
Key Arena

Jan 10th, 2010
Portland, OR
Memorial Coliseum

Jan 12th, 2010
Fresno, CA
Selland Arena

Jan 13th, 2010
Sacramento, CA
Arco Arena

Jan 14th - 16th, 2010
Oakland, CA
Paramount Theatre

Jan 19th - 24th, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
Kodak Theatre

Jan 27th - 31st, 2010
New York, NY
WaMu at Madison Square Garden

Feb 2nd, 2010
Florence, SC
Civic Center

Feb 3rd - 5th, 2010
Raleigh, NC
RBC Center

Feb 6th, 2010
Fayetteville, NC
Crown Center Coliseum

Feb 7th, 2010
Charlotte, NC
Bojangles' Coliseum

Feb 9th, 2010
Macon, GA
Macon Centreplex

Feb 10th - 11th, 2010
Charleston, SC
North Charleston Coliseum

Feb 12th - 13th, 2010
Columbia, SC
Colonial Life Arena

Feb 14th, 2010
Columbus, GA
Columbus Civic Center

Feb 16th - 17th, 2010
Jacksonville, FL
Veterans Memorial Arena

Feb 18th, 2010
Chattanooga, TN
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium

Feb 19th - 20th, 2010
Winston Salem, NC
Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Feb 21st, 2010
Richmond, VA
Richmond Coliseum

Feb 23rd, 2010
Albany, GA
Albany Civic Center

Feb 24th - 25th, 2010
Nashville, TN
Municipal Auditorium

Feb 27th - 28th, 2010
Memphis, TN
Orpheum Theatre

Mar 2nd - 6th, 2010
Chicago, IL
Arie Crown Theatre

Mar 9th, 2010
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center

Mar 10th, 2010
Omaha, NE
Qwest Center

Mar 11th, 2010
Wichita, KS
Wichita Convention Hall

Mar 12th - 14th, 2010
Dallas, TX
Nokia Theatre

Mar 16th, 2010
Milwaukee, WI
US Cellular Arena

Mar 18th, 2010
Bridgeport, CT
Arena At Harbor Yard

Mar 19th - 21st, 2010
Hartford, CT
The Bushnell Theatre

Mar 24th, 2010
Augusta, GA
James Brown Arena

Mar 25th - 26th, 2010
Greenville, SC
Bi-Lo Center

Mar 27th, 2010
Birmingham, AL
Birmingham Civic Center

Mar 28th, 2010
Mobile, AL
Mobile Civic Ctr Arena

Apr 6th, 2010
Dayton, OH
Nutter Center

Apr 7th, 2010
Cincinnati, OH
Cintas Center

Apr 8th, 2010
Louisville, KY
Freedom Hall

Apr 13th - 14th, 2010
Savannah, GA
Savannah Civic Center

Apr 15th - 18th, 2010
Atlanta, GA
Fox Theatre

Apr 20th - 21st, 2010
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk Constant Center

Apr 23rd - 24th, 2010
St. Louis, Mo
Chaifetz Arena

Apr 25th, 2010
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center

Apr 27th, 2010
Buffalo, NY
HSBC Arena

Apr 29th - May 2nd, 2010
Philadelphia, PA
Liacouras Center

May 4th, 2010
Columbus, OH
Nationwide Arena

May 5th, 2010
Toledo, OH
Lucas County Arena

May 6th - 9th, 2010
Detroit, Michigan
Fox Theatre Detroit

Go to TicketMaster.com for ticket information.

Written by Clay Cane

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