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PHOTO CREDIT HERE TKmay 2019 55COURTESY TYLER PERRY STUDIOSTYLER PERRY'S MADEA character was not supposed to be the star of the touring stage shows and movies that eventually became a $500 million juggernaut. In the original 1999 play, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," the al-ways loud, often tough, sometimes violent and mainly loveable matriarch of the Simmons family was supposed to be onstage for only two minutes. But the last-minute cancellation of the star of the show forced Perry to take on all of the star's lines at Chicago’s Regal The-ater that night. The crowd roared, Madea stole the show, and a franchise was born.Twenty years later, Madea has appeared in 11 stage shows and 11 movies. The current stage incarnation, "Madea's Farewell Play Tour," is on the last legs of a 17-week tour and Perry has said this is the last run for his popular character, which developed a reputation for •lling theaters and pleasing crowds, particularly urban audiences.VenuesNow spoke with the production a...