Actor, playwright, filmmaker, and comedian Tyler Perry announced the final tour for his beloved and iconic character, “Madea.” Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on
Actor, playwright, filmmaker, and comedian Tyler Perry announced the final tour for his beloved and iconic character, “Madea.” Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on January 18, 2019 and Perry will bring his beloved characters to venues across the United States. Madea’s Farewell Play visits Orlando’s Amway Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019 for two performances. Tickets on sale now!
Perry’s Madea franchise has resonated with its diverse audience with films exploring poverty, race, love and more. Marking Perry’s 21st stage play as the Atlanta grandma, the show stars the original cast including Tamela Mann, David Mann, and Cassi Davis. With the end of the Madea franchise era, and in proper Perry fashion, he wanted to give Madea fans a proper send off. The character, Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons, played by Perry himself, first appeared as a 68-year-old in the 1999 stage play, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” followed by the play and film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”
It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Perry’s career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” and in 1992, Perry gathered his life’s savings in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. With his resources expended, the people never came, and Perry once again came face-to-face with the poverty that plagued his youth. After months spent sleeping in seedy motels and his car, his faith in God only grew stronger. While forging a powerful relationship with the church, he continued to write. In 1998, his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” for a limited run at a local church-turned-theatre. This time, the community came out in droves, and soon the musical moved to Atlanta’s prestigious Fox Theatre. Perry has never looked back.
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