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 4 El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
January 5 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
January 6 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
January 9 Seattle, WA KeyArena
January 10 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
January 12 Fresno, CA Selland Arena
January 13 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
January 14 -16 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
January 19 – 24 Hollywood, CA Kodak Theatre
January 27 – 31 New York, NY Theater at Madison Square Garden
February 1 Florence, SC Florence Civic Center
February 3 – 5 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
February 6 Fayetteville, NC Crown Coliseum
February 7 Charlotte, NC Bojangles Coliseum
February 9 Macon, GA Macon Centreplex
February 10 – 11 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
February 12 – 13 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
February 14 Columbus, GA Columbus Civic Center
February 16 – 17 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
February 18 Chattanooga, TN Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium
February 19 – 20 Winston-Salem, NC Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 21 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
February 23 Albany, NY Civic Center
February 24 – 25 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
February 27 – 28 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
March 2 – 6 Chicago, IL Arie Crown Theater
March 9 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
March 10 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
March 11 Wichita, KS Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
March 12 – 14 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre
March 16 Milwaukee, WI U.S. Cellular Arena
March 18 Bridgeport, CT Arena At Harbor Yard
March 19 – 21 Hartford, CT Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
March 24 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
March 25 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
March 27 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
March 28 Mobile, AL Mobile Civic Center
April 6 Dayton, OH Ervin J. Nutter Center
April 7 Cincinnati, OH Cintas Center
April 8 Louisville, KY Freedom Hall
April 13 – 14 Savannah, GA Savannah Civic Center
April 15 – 18 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
April 20 – 21 Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center
April 23 – 24 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
April 25 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
April 27 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
April 29 Philadelphia, PA The Liacouras Center
May 4 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
May 5 Toledo, OH Lucas County Arena
May 6 – 9 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre