Writing, executive-producing and starring in “A Mother’s Love” last fall was a big deal for Kandi Burruss, a Grammy-winning musician and star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
But taking the autobiographical musical on a national tour is even better — even if it hit a few speed bumps along the way.
Burruss and her husband, Todd Tucker, opened their “A Mother’s Love” in Atlanta to much fanfare. They had been eyeing a national tour for a while, with little success. Other cities were harder to crack.
“People kind of assume that just because I’m a quote/unquote ‘celebrity,’ I can make all these things happen and it’s just not like that,” Burruss said.
That’s when she met Travis Steele.
Steele, a longtime Columbus area promoter, reached out to Burruss on the advice of his wife.
“I think (my wife) knew how big the brand was before I did,” he said.
From their first meeting this spring, Steele said that Burruss picked up on his sincerity, his lack of “slickness.”
“I had kind of almost given up until we met Travis,” Burruss said.
The 29-city national tour came together fairly quickly after that, according to all involved. Having already performed in and been lauded by Atlanta, moving the tour kick-off to Columbus just made sense, Steele said. If demand warrants, Steele plans for another leg early next year, including more American and Canadian stops.
Burruss will plan on starring in a majority of the performances — the show is, after all, “from the heart.” She wrote all 19 songs and co-wrote the script, which traces the rocky, but loving, relationship between a mother and daughter.
“It’s kind of funny because when people see my life on television, sometimes they feel like that cannot be real, but it is,” Burruss said. “But the good part, I don’t know if it’s necessarily good, but so many people can relate to the family drama of the mom not liking who you’re dating, so it’s a relatable situation.”
Burruss said the “A Mother’s Love” script has been tweaked since the Atlanta run, but that “it’s still going to be an amazing show.”
“I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people who come to the show with their moms,” she said.
Still: expect surprises. Burruss said some of her “Real Housewives” co-stars want to drop in during the tour, including at the Columbus opener.
What won’t change, Burruss said, is the cast, which includes Meelah and Shirley Murdock
“This show is spectacular with a spectacular cast,” Burruss said. “A lot of the people who are going to be in the play are people who have sung songs that you have loved and heard on the radio for years and so you are going to be able to see all these people on stage at the same time.”