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Terry Perry, Madea's Family Reunion

Jerome Ware/ZUMA Press; Madea Productions

Tyler Perry is officially back in business.

Nearly two months after the megahit movie maker stepped out of the spotlight to help care for his then-ailing mother, Perry is prepping to don his signature muumuu and pantyhose once again.

"I am so glad I have decided to go out on tour. 'MADEA's BIG HAPPY FAMILY' is my new play," Perry revealed to fans on TylerPerry.com. He's not afraid to toot his own horn, either: "if you have not seen 'MADEA' live on stage you haven't seen Madea at all. This is truly my BIGGEST and BEST PLAY EVER! The show is hilarious!"

The headfirst dive back into his lucrative Madea franchise comes on the heels of his mom Willie Maxine Perry's death in early December, which Perry addresses in his announcement.

"My mother was the apple of my eye, so this has been difficult to say the least," reads the emotional statement, "I am so glad I have decided to go out on tour. You can't imagine how much I need to be in front of the people right now."

Perry's first Madea stage show in five years debuts Jan. 4 in Texas, with several more shows popping up throughout the nation.


Before Tyler's Family takes the stage, take a peek a some Famous Families here.