Tyler Perry’s iconic Madea (a contraction of “mother dear”) is on the stage for the first time in five years.
By coincidence, the play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family” can be seen on Valentine’s Day. There will be two shows on Sunday in the Columbus Civic Center.
On his Web site, Perry wrote: “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 know I can’t get to all of them but I’ll try and get as close as I can.”
It doesn’t mean Madea has been hiding. She’s been seen in the movie versions of the plays that made her famous — “Madea Goes to Jail,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Madea’s Class Reunion,” “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”
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All of this has made Perry a wealthy man, reportedly making $125 million last year. His Tyler Perry Studios opened in Atlanta two years ago, the first film and television studio owned by an African American man. And he continues to write, produce, direct and star in his projects on stage, films and television.