Tyler Perry: Taking “Long Break” From Touring Plays

Tyler Perry is taking a hiatus from his touring plays.

The Hollywood mogul announced to fans this week that once his current play, “Madea Gets A Job” concludes in mid-November that he will be taking an indefinite break from the road.

“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,” Perry revealed in an email.

The 42-year-old actor/writer/director/producer, who topped Forbes 2011 list of Highest-Paid Men In Entertainment, admitted he has some new endeavors in the works, but did not detail what they were.

“I have some major projects that I’m working on that will require a lot of my time and effort,” explained Perry.  “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.”

Scene from “Madea Gets A Job”

In December 2009, Perry announced that he would be returning to the road in January 2010 to launch a new play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” That play, which has since been made into a movie, debuted just one month after Perry’s mother, Maxine died on Dec. 8, 2009.

In 2011, Perry starred in the play “A Madea Christmas,” and also directed “Aunt Bam’s Place,” which was a production led by “House of Payne” star Cassi Davis.  Both productions were shot in Atlanta and are currently available on DVD.

His latest production, “Madea Gets A Job” has remaining tour stops in New Orleans, LA; Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; New York, NY; Las Vegas, NV; Miami, FL; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA and 16 additional cities. Detailed touring schedule can be found at

Tyler Perry onstage with cast members


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