One of contemporary Hollywood’s most prolific leading men will be on tour through the early months of 2010 with his own traveling theatrical production....

One of contemporary Hollywood’s most prolific leading men will be on tour through the early months of 2010 with his own traveling theatrical production.

Funnyman Tyler Perry will showcase his latest play structured around his well-known Madea character, “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” The U.S. theater tour launches January 4 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX, and concludes with a May 6-9 run at Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI.

While many markets on the U.S. tour will host the production for only one night, several have booked multiple-night engagements. Some of Perry’s extended runs include January 19-24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA; January 27-31 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY; March 2-6 at Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL; March 12-14 at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX; and April 15-18 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

“Madea’s Big Happy Family” is Perry’s first theatrical tour in five years. His first major stage production, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” launched more than a decade ago in 1998, and was followed yearly by new productions including this year’s “Laugh to Keep from Crying.”

“All I want to say is that if you have not seen ‘Madea’ live on stage you haven’t seen Madea at all,” Perry wrote in the announcement on his official Web site. “In the movies, I’m limited but on stage….FREEEEDDOMMMM!!!”

Though “Madea’s Big Happy Family” has been planned for a while, the production’s status was unclear following the December 8 death of the screenwriter-producer-actor’s mother, Willie Maxine Perry, 64. Perry had credited his mother with being “the wisdom of Madea” in a 2006 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“As you know, my mother was the apple of my eye, so [her death] has been difficult to say the least,” Perry commented in his tour announcement, adding, “All I’ll say is this, take care of your mothers…you only get one.”

‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’ itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

January 4El Paso, TXUTEP Don Haskins Center
January 5Phoenix, AZDodge Theatre
January 6San Diego, CASan Diego Sports Arena
January 9Seattle, WAKeyArena
January 10Portland, ORMemorial Coliseum
January 12Fresno, CASelland Arena
January 13Sacramento, CAARCO Arena
January 14 -16Oakland, CAParamount Theatre
January 19 – 24Hollywood, CAKodak Theatre
January 27 – 31New York, NYTheater at Madison Square Garden
February 1Florence, SCFlorence Civic Center
February 3 – 5Raleigh, NCRBC Center
February 6Fayetteville, NCCrown Coliseum
February 7Charlotte, NCBojangles Coliseum
February 9Macon, GAMacon Centreplex
February 10 – 11North Charleston, SCNorth Charleston Coliseum
February 12 – 13Columbia, SCColonial Life Arena
February 14Columbus, GAColumbus Civic Center
February 16 – 17Jacksonville, FLJacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
February 18Chattanooga, TNSoldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium
February 19 – 20Winston-Salem, NCLawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 21Richmond, VARichmond Coliseum
February 23Albany, NYCivic Center
February 24 – 25Nashville, TNNashville Municipal Auditorium
February 27 – 28Memphis, TNOrpheum Theatre
March 2 – 6Chicago, ILArie Crown Theater
March 9Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
March 10Omaha, NEQwest Center Omaha
March 11Wichita, KSCentury II Performing Arts & Convention Center
March 12 – 14Grand Prairie, TXNokia Theatre
March 16Milwaukee, WIU.S. Cellular Arena
March 18Bridgeport, CTArena At Harbor Yard
March 19 – 21Hartford, CTBushnell Center for Performing Arts
March 24Augusta, GAJames Brown Arena
March 25Greenville, SCBi-Lo Center
March 27Birmingham, ALBJCC Arena
March 28Mobile, ALMobile Civic Center
April 6Dayton, OHErvin J. Nutter Center
April 7Cincinnati, OHCintas Center
April 8Louisville, KYFreedom Hall
April 13 – 14Savannah, GASavannah Civic Center
April 15 – 18Atlanta, GAFox Theatre
April 20 – 21Norfolk, VAConstant Convocation Center
April 23 – 24St. Louis, MOChaifetz Arena
April 25Kansas City, MOSprint Center
April 27Buffalo, NYHSBC Arena
April 29Philadelphia, PAThe Liacouras Center
May 4Columbus, OHNationwide Arena
May 5Toledo, OHLucas County Arena
May 6 – 9Detroit, MIFox Theatre