Kandi Burruss went to great lengths to make her stage play, A Mother’s Love a hit in Atlanta. And after a successful run in her hometown, Burruss planned to take the show on the road across the nation. But after a few show delays, Burruss announced yesterday that her entire tour has been cancelled.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star revealed the news on her Instagram page, telling her fans that the cancellation was out of her hands and implied that her promoter was to blame.
According to Funky Dineva, who was a part of the cast, the show was cancelled because the promoter overestimated the amount of resources they would have to keep the show on the road for 30 cities.
“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. 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,” said Dineva.
Dineva also claims that the cancellation has created financial problems for several of the tour’s cast and crew.
“People’s lives changed in a matter of seconds. Expecting to be paid this Monday, and in exchange being told that the tour is no more, coupled with the fact that you quit your job (your only source of income), emotions were running high. There were some people in the room who honestly had no other money than what was in their pocket, and was really depending on this Monday payout,” said Dineva.
However, he explains that he holds no grudge against Burruss, and that she’s not to blame for the cancellation.
“I can’t legally speak for Kandi, but know that [she] was extremely upset and in tears when she broke the news to the cast last night at 10:30 p.m. Mind you I should be on a flight to Detroit right now, but that’s a whole other story. I want you guys to know and understand that the tour was cancelled due to no fault of Kandi and Todd’s. Everything was booked and handled through the promoter. With that, when the captain sinks, the whole ship sinks. I’d also like to take a moment and express my sympathy to the promoter as well. In all fairness, I don’t think that the promotion company set out to partake in any shady business practices. I simply think they overshot their gamble and bit off a little more than they could chew,” said Dineva.
Well our sympathies go out to the tour’s cast and crew, and we hope Burruss has better luck next go-round when it comes to her plays. – nicholas robinson