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Tyler Perry - Madea's Big Happy Family

Tyler Perry cancels 'Madea's Big Happy Family' tour due to exhaustion

By Allison Reitz

Tyler Perry's latest theatrical tour for his play "Madea's Big Happy Family" has hit a snag. After completing a month of his fall performance calendar, the prolific actor/director/writer announced he would be cancelling the remainder of the tour due to exhaustion.

The axed portion of the tour would have featured more than 30 shows in 28 cities. Canned dates run from today, October 19, which would have featured a show at Amway Center in Orlando, FL, through a nixed November 27-28 stand at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX.

Full refunds will be offered for the cancelled performances, according to a statement from Perry. A full list of affected dates is provided below.

"After 125 performances in 126 days last spring, and doing two movies back-to-back this summer, then coming right back on tour and doing another 30 performances in as many days it's all become too much," Perry wrote on his official Web site. "I’m truly so exhausted."

The performer, who plays the title character of Madea in many of his on-stage and on-screen productions, apologized to his fans for the cancellations and thanked them for their continued support of his work.

According to Perry's statement, nearly 750,000 tickets were sold this year for all legs of "Madea's Big Happy Family," which began touring in early 2010. From the first week of January through the beginning of May, the production staged single- and multiple-night stands in about 50 cities across the nation.

His 750,000 estimate for the year is only slightly higher than the estimate he gave at the end of that winter-to-spring run. Upon completion of the first tour leg in May, Perry wrote on his Web site that nearly 700,000 people had been in attendance.

Before cancelling the late 2010 outing, Perry visited (or revisited, in some cases) 17 U.S. markets. The trek's "encore leg" launched September 15 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA, and concluded this past weekend with an October 15-17 stand at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.

Besides concentrating on his theatrical productions, Perry also spent much of his summer filming works for the silver screen. His movie adaptation of the play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," titled simply "For Colored Girls," will be released November 5. He also began production on the "Madea's Big Happy Family" movie, slated for a 2011 release.

CANCELLED - Madea's Big Happy Family itinerary:
(Listed event dates have been cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase.)

October 19 Orlando, FL Amway Center
October 20 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
October 21 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
October 22 - 23 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
October 24 Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center
October 26 Saginaw, MI Arena at Dow Event Center
October 27 Dayton, OH Nutter Center
October 28 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
October 29 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Arena
October 30 Milwaukee, WI U.S. Cellular Arena
October 31 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
November 2 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
November 3 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
November 4 Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge River Center
November 6 Mobile, AL Mobile Civic Center Arena
November 7 Jackson, MS Mississippi Coliseum
November 9 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Arena
November 10 - 11 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
November 13 Southaven, MS Desoto Civic Center
November 14 Birmingham, AL BJJC Arena
November 16 Moline, IL iWireless Center
November 17 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
November 18 Louisville, KY KCF Yum! Center
November 20 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
November 21 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
November 24 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
November 26 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
November 27 - 28 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre

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