Tyler Perry announces “Madea’s” return to the road this fall


Atlanta filmmaker Tyler Perry has announced plans to end the year the same way he began it in back in January.

In a fat suit and a dress and riding a bus.

The seemingly indefatigable Perry has sent out a message to fans announcing the second leg of his touring play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family” will hit stages this fall.

The stage tour begins in his hometown of New Orleans on September 15 and includes stops in Houston, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Tallahassee, Tampa, Miami, Baltimore, Newark, New York City, Memphis, Jackson and Dallas. The play closes just before Thanksgiving on November 21 in Cleveland.

Says the director in his email: “I wish I had more time to go to more cities but I don’t (studio stuff), so just know that if you can, you should be there to witness this play.”

Intel assumes when Perry refers to “studio stuff” he just might be referencing the editing and marketing of his film adaptation of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” that is currently shooting around the city and at his southwest Atlanta studio.

The production, based on Ntozake Shange‘s classic play stars Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine and Anika Noni Rose.

The film is set to debut in movie theaters in time for the King Holiday weekend 2011.