I feel bad reporting this, because I know Kandi Burruss put her heart and soul (and her relationship to Mama Joyce) into writing and performing in A Mother’s Love, but unfortunately the tour has just been canceled after one week! Even worse – it’s not Kandi’s fault! Apparently the promoter hired to promote the tour wasn’t particularly equipped to handle the demand.
FunkyDineva, a friend of Kandi’s and a member of the cast, reveals that the promoter was allegedly “cash poor” and that paychecks were bouncing on the first week! After seeing A Mother’s Love on Real Housewives Of Atlanta, it seems it was the promoter who approached Kandi with the idea of a 30 city US tour with the hopes of eventually landing on Broadway. Unfortunately the promoter apparently didn’t have the resources, nor the cash, to pull off a huge touring production with multiple cast members. Nor, it seemed, was advertising up to snuff so ticket sales suffered.
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Apparently there was nothing Kandi nor Todd Tucker could do to save the sinking ship because the promoter was just not prepared for the financial burden. Sounds like Kandi Burruss and Co. needed to do a bit more research.
“We successfully performed in 3 cities in Georgia. The shows were stellar, though attendance could have been much better. It is my assumption that the promoter was banking on the week one shows to sell out, to carry us into week two, and so on and so forth,” Dineva, who was part of the cast, explains. “Well , you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip. When the week once receipts were tallied, the bottom line was, we didn’t have enough resources to move into week two. Week two was subsequently cancelled.”
Kandi confirms Dineva’s story. “I licensed A Mother’s Love to A promoter with high expectations of finally seeing my creation go on the road and I am very saddened and frustrated by the cancellation of the tour. More than that my heart goes out to the cast who all are AMAZINGLY talented,” Kandi announced on instagram.
“We really worked hard to put together an awesome show. It breaks my heart that we wont be able to put on this show for my fans who have bought tickets, & who all were looking forward to seeing it,” Kandi continued. “I stand with them in disbelief and despair that this has happened and was caught off guard as well. I want to thank everyone who have supported all of the projects I have worked on.”
“I hope you understand that the cancellation was beyond my control. Please don’t hold it against me! I know that a lot of tickets were sold & from what I understand they will be refunded. Thank you to all the people who tweeted showing excitement for the show & sending love my way. I was suppose to be headed to Detroit this weekend & to find out that we’re not going kills me. To all the fans who volunteered to be on the street teams promoting the show I promise to make it up to you! I love you guys! Thanks for your love & understanding. Much Love, Kandi”
Hopefully Kandi and Todd can get their play off the ground with another promoter and try again. It would be a shame to waste all that talent and a good story!
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