Nothing says holiday season quite like an African-American, pistol-toting gramma with attitude. Or so says Tyler Perry, whos taken his fictional matriarch, Madea, on the road for the first time in five years.
The 40-year-old playwright and filmmaker is reprising the character whose full name is Mabel Simmons and who has appeared in much of Perrys work for both stage and screen in a new stage play called Madeas Big Happy Family. Fans of Perry, who plays Mabel in drag, are so excited shes back that theyve launched petition campaigns, pleading that Perry add their cities to his already long list of tour dates. (The last Perry play to feature Madea in a leading role was Madea Goes to Jail