Kandi Burruss’ “A Mother’s Love” National Musical Tour Canceled
This morning, Quentin Latham, better known as Funky Dineva, announced on his website that Kandi Burruss’ tour of her play A Mother’s Love has been canceled. As a fellow cast member and friend of Burruss, Latham said the tour’s promoter did not follow through with the tour contract. He wrote on his blog:
I want you guys to know and understand that the tour was cancelled due to no fault of Kandi & Todd’s. Everything was booked and handled through the promoter. With that, when the captain sinks, the whole ship sinks. I’d also like to take a moment and express my sympathy to the promoter as well. In all fairness, I don’t think that the promotion company set out to partake in any shady business practices. I simply thing [sic] they overshot their gamble and bit off a little more than they could chew. The promoter is hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hole if I had to guess, and that is worthy of my sympathy and support as I see it.
Latham says he knew something was amiss when he did not receive his travel schedule to Detroit, the next city on the tour’s schedule:
We successfully performed in 3 cities in Georgia. The shows were stellar, though attendance could have been much better. It is my assumption that the promoter was banking on the week one shows to sell out, to carry us into week two, and so on and so forth. Well , you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip. When the week once [sic] receipts were tallied, the bottom line was, we didn’t have enough resources to move into week two. Week two was subsequently cancelled. No tea no shade, I wasn’t trippin, because after the weeks of rehearsal and rigorous week one schedule, The Doll needed a break. I figured we’d pick back up with week three, which happens to be the present moment. However, once the sun went down yesterday, and I didn’t have any travel arrangements for Detroit.
Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. Funky Dineva shared that Burruss delivered the unfortunate news to the cast that the tour was canceled. In a statement released via Instagram, Burruss said of the cancellation:
I licensed A Mother’s Love to A promoter with high expectations of finally seeing my creation go on the road and I am very saddened and frustrated by the cancellation of the tour. More than that my heart goes out to the cast who all are AMAZINGLY talented. We really worked hard to put together an awesome show. It breaks my heart that we wont be able to put on this show for my fans who have bought tickets, & who all were looking forward to seeing it. I stand with them in disbelief and despair that this has happened and was caught off guard as well. I want to thank everyone who have supported all of the projects I have worked on. I hope you understand that the cancellation was beyond my control. Please don’t hold it against me! I know that a lot of tickets were sold & from what I understand they will be refunded. Thank you to all the people who tweeted showing excitement for the show & sending love my way. I was suppose to be headed to Detroit this weekend & to find out that we’re not going kills me. To all the fans who volunteered to be on the street teams promoting the show I promise to make it up to you! I love you guys! Thanks for your love & understanding. Much Love, Kandi
The play was scheduled to perform in 30 American cities. The three cities in Georgia that the production made it to were Albany, Savannah and Columbus.
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