Tyler Perry cancels Columbia show due to added fees | Arts & Culture
The Colonial Life Arena announced on Monday that director and actor Tyler Perry is cancelling his “Madea Gets a Job” tour dates scheduled for October 12-13.
Perry went on his website to explain the reason why his tour was canceled, stating that additional fees were added on to the price of his show tickets
This is what Perry had to say:
“I set a ticket price for the show starting at $25. The reason I set the price so low is so that everyone could get a chance to come out and see the show. I know how tight things are right now. I GET IT! I do not tour to make a living, I tour because I love staying connected to all of you. I love seeing your faces, hearing you laugh and seeing you enjoy yourselves. It gives me great joy. Even though it's a lot of work, I really don't mind doing it. Because of that, what I do is make sure that the promoter sets a reasonable ticket price and the prices are $25, $45 and $65. Even though I set these prices so that they are affordable, fees are added that are out of my control and the price of the tickets can almost double. Add to that, when you go online looking for tickets, IN LOTS OF CASES, you are being led to a bootlegger and you don't even know it. 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.”
Refunds will be given for all tickets and will begin Tuesday, September 18 at 9 p.m. at the Lexington Medical Center Box Office inside Colonial Life Arena and will continue during normal business hours- Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.