If you’re wanting to see Madea live then you better catch her on her last tour because Tyler Perry says that he is taking a hiatus from Madea to focus on other aspects of his career.
Earlier this week, Tyler posted a message to his fans on his website:
I don’t know if you remember this or not, but around 2005 I took off from touring my Madea plays for about 5 years. During that time, I was working mostly on movies and TV shows. Well, as much as I love to be out on stage and doing a live Madea show, the time has come again for me to take a long break from the stage. I have some major projects that I’m working on that will require a lot of my time and effort. Just know that I did not want to stop this tour until I had hit as many cities as possible. So I’m going to finish out this Fall leg of the tour and then take a long break.
The “Fall leg” he is talking about is his newest stage play “Madea Gets A Job [at a retirement home]” which begins on September 20th.
He says ” I have some major projects that I’m working on that will require a lot of my time and effort.” Movies, television shows and stage plays are all major projects by themselves, so how he balances all of that at once is mystifying. However, he must be working on something pretty big if he is quitting the plays.
Tyler didn’t elaborate, but IndieWire.com speculates:
So… what could these “major projects” he mentions be?…He was launching his own TV network, although no word on when exactly it’ll make its debut.
What else? He did say in an interview at the end of June that he was working on a sci-fi movie at the time, after expressing disappointment with Prometheus. Although he didn’t say what we can expect from his planned adventure into sci-fi. But that could also certainly be a major project, as sci-fi films tend to be.
What else? Dancing With The Stars alum William Levy revealed about a month ago that he’ll be starring in an upcoming Tyler Perry movie – a romantic comedy, that he said would begin shooting in September. However, less than a month from September, there has been no official announcement of a project.
And looking over his IMDBPro page, the only definite project listed that Perry has yet to shoot is Take My Wife, which was announced last year, and which he’s supposed to star alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The story centers on a recently-divorced man who tries to avoid paying alimony, by grooming another dude to become his ex’s new husband. Tyler Perry is listed as writer and director as well; although it’s not known which of the 2 men he’ll play.
He’s also supposed to be on America’s Next Top Model providing the “acting challenge” to the contestants.
Mable “Madea” Simmons has been good to Tyler Perry financially over the years, but she’s also been a major source of criticism. Now that he is getting other opportunities, we wouldn’t be surprised if he hung up the dress and fake boobs for good.
What do you think? Are you disappointed that he’s taking a break from Madea stage plays?
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