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Tyler Perry pulls plug on tour
Scalping forces Madea creator to cancel show
Published Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:37 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

Charlotteans who hoped to see Tyler Perry reprise the role of Madea in a live stage play may have forever lost that chance.

Tyler Perry is canceling the final leg of his "Madea Gets A Job" tour, which included a Nov. 1 stop in Charlotte.

Perry has announced that he is canceling the tour “due to circumstances [he] can’t control.” The show was scheduled for Time Warner Cable Arena on Nov. 1.

Apparently Perry was fed up with scalpers and bootleggers jacking up ticket prices. Perry says he knows times are hard, which is why he set ticket prices at $25, $45 and $65.

“The reason I set the price so low is so that everyone could get a chance to come out and see the show,” he said in a statement released on his website. “I do not tour to make a living, I tour because I love staying connected to all of you.”

However, Perry is canceling the last leg of the “Madea Gets a Job” tour because he said ticket prices, particularly online, were escalating out of hand.

“Even though I set these prices so that they are affordable, fees are added that are out of my control,” he said.  “The price of the tickets can almost double… There are a lot of ticket bootleggers and scalpers that buy lots of shows and sell them to the public for double, sometimes triple the price. I've been dealing with this for years, but now with the Internet, I've never seen it this bad.”

Perry says there have also been some “horrible people” pretending to be him on social media sites and charging $150 for unauthorized meet and greets.

“This is so frustrating,” he wrote. “Why are people so evil? Why can't people just get legitimate jobs and stop trying to do the wrong thing all the time? If they put the same amount of energy into doing the right thing as they do in doing the wrong thing they could make it. It's so sad.”

Perry apologized to fans who planned to attend the show. He promised refunds for those who purchased tickets.

“This was the last live Madea tour,” he said. “I'm super sorry that you won't get to see it live.”


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