JD Lawrence -vs- Tyler Perry

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Peter T Wagner Jr

United States

#1 Mar 9, 2008
JD Lawrence Urban Theater’s New King of Dramedy
By Gale Marano
DETROIT, Feb. 9 – Urban theater mania returned this weekend to the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Despite the inclement weather African American theatergoers attended the four-day performance of the hit stage play Rumors. Also in attendance for the first time, Caucasian patrons came out in groups to witness JD Lawrence the man frequent patrons of the genre, staff and media are calling Urban Theater's New King of Dramedy. Rumors has to be one of the few productions that consistently started and ended on time said one staff member at the Music Hall. The two hour and ten minute performance was cleverly written, unpredictable, entertaining, hysterical and ethnicity free. A winning combination that has not been witness on this circuit before. The show-starred Family Matters Darius McCrary and Telma Hopkins from Half and Half. Also added to the mix is platinum recording artist Leytoya Luckett who sings like an angel the songs, Torn and How Do You Love Someone. Written and directed by actor/comedian and singer JD Lawrence. The New York Telly Award winner and lead character or should I say character’s, played an eye popping five characters (Mr. Clarence the show’s narrator, Ms. Mary the usher from hell, Sunshine the outrageous chef, Ashad the Indian landlord and Rev. Dollar). George Smitt and his wife Denna from Detroit said they didn’t even realize until after the performance that Lawrence was the same person playing all five parts on stage in full costumes throughout the night. "They were all different from scene to scene the way they talked, walked and sang. It was like watching Eddie Murphy in the Klumps live" said Evelyn Rivers. The show-stopper of the evening was a hilarious duet between JD Lawrence as Sunshine and Leytoya Luckett as Michelle singing Bad, Bad, Bad that left the audience falling out of there seats. Several staff members and patrons at the music hall said so many plays come and they’re all predictable, there all the same mostly trying to be like Tyler Perry of course, but falling short. Mr. Lawrence genuinely has his own style of comedy and definitely a place in the hearts of Detroit and Toledo theatergoer’s black and white. Dale Murray from 94.1 who had a walk on cameo said "JD Lawrence's Rumors is the must see stage play of the year! Filled with thought provoking dialogue and witty one-liners the show has more twists and turns than the German autobahn. While oftentimes compared to Tyler Perry, JD Lawrence is a writer/director/actor and singer with his own voice". The show also stars comedian George Wilborn and Gary Owens in a hilarious bird fight scene not to be missed. Log onto www.jdlawrencepresents.com for tour dates, pics and cities near you.
Tony and Manny

United States

#2 Mar 10, 2008
My husband and I attended a JD Lawrence performance in Atlanta last week at the Civic center. We were quite impressed to say the least it was outstanding. Tyler and JD have two total different styles. JD plays more characters I think seven of them and sings, he's also just as funny. We heard people in the audience comparing the two all night. One thing I do know Mr. Lawrence writing is far better it had substance. I saw a show called "What Ever She Want" and it was garbage the set was ok but the writing and the acting was not good at all. It was not a Tyler show just for the record. I look forward to seeing a movie by JD I purchased his book behind the cross and it was just as good as the performance. It's nice to see brothers like Tyler and JD doing big things. I'd like to see Mr.Clarence or Mary and Madea on the stage at the same time that would be off the meter. Good luck on both of your journeys to success your both very blessed.
-T
Kevin Ross

United States

#3 Mar 10, 2008
I love TP but I think JD is funnier. JD's acting is crazy I really thought he was an old man. The audience was out of control with laughter some folk laughed so hard they were crying at the show real talk. My favorite scene was JD as sunshine with my girl Letoya I'm still laughing. He came off the stage and everything, that was nuts.
Rev Oscar T Rivers

Cambria Heights, NY

#4 Mar 10, 2008
Lawrence I love the fact that you did not use any guns in your production and it was still side splitting hilarious. I would say your like Bill Cosby and Tyler is more likke Richard Pryor both gentlemen a very good at what they do just you both are. May the Lord our God continue to bless you both. Your book Behind the cross was a blessing I'd like to order it for my book store who do I need to contact?
Rev. Oscar T. Rivers
Little Jordan Baptist Church
Big Frank aka Comedy Man

Tuscarora, MD

#5 Mar 10, 2008
jd lawrence you are the truth no question you came with your own style and it was different from tyler dog i never laughed so hard i even brought my mom and my sister back to see the show and it was still just as stupid the way you went from character to character was out of this world i have never seen that ever in theater it was like on some eddie murphy tip serious you are putting all them theater director cats like david, donald and im ready to shame thats real talk all day fam gets yours baby im a fan
Production Crew

Tuscarora, MD

#6 Mar 10, 2008
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!

“The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”
Richard Roundtree
Tatyana Ali
Miguel A. Nunez Jr.
Guy Torry and Arif Kinchen.

THIS SHOW IS THE WORST I CANT BELIEVE THEY TOOK DOWN A GOOD SHOW LIKE RUMORS FOR THIS CRAP. I JUST LEFT A REHEARSAL AND IT WAS AWFUL. NO JOKE IT DON'T EVEN COME CLOSE TO JD LAWRENCE'S RUMORS OR A TYLER PERRY SHOW. THE NORTH AMERICAN PROMOTERS GROUP NEED THEIR HEADS EXAMINED!
Faye White

White Hall, MD

#7 Mar 10, 2008
JD you are truly a man on a mission.
Brother what a talent (How did you change so quick? lol)
I've been a tyler Perry fan for years and I've seen so many other stage plays and comedians come along and try to duplicate what Tyler has done and none have come even close.
Let me just say for the record my brother you nailed it with your own unique style of comedy that I've not seen in this genre before.
It was very broadway, tasteful and hysterical all in one
We even cancelled choir rehearsal to see your performance and it was well worth the money and time.
I did see Tyler's marriage counselor and the two don't compare
I also purchased your book and will read it this weekend
Mrs. Faye White, J.D.
Dennis

White Hall, MD

#8 Mar 10, 2008
I think Tyler is funnier Jd is a better actor and singer
Baby Girl Got BackkKK

Baltimore, MD

#9 Mar 10, 2008
lets keep it real tyler plays are more ghetto/urban jd plays are more universal white/black/kids you really cant say which is funnier it depends on your taste I personally enjoy jds plays more the writing is way better and the shows has substance and the songs make since in the plot
Upcoming Actor-Playwright

Baltimore, MD

#10 Mar 10, 2008
My brother turned me and wifey on to JD Lawrence. The show was the business no question. We sat next to pastor Creflo Dollar wife Taffi and her girls they laughed the whole entire time. JD is a beast at them characters and singing no doubt. I would love to work with him or Tyler.
Leon Fuller
Upcoming Actor-Playwright

LATREL WHITE CHOCOLATE

Baltimore, MD

#12 Mar 10, 2008
JD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH YOU ARE DA MAN
YOUR SHOW WAS DA BOMB AND DUDE YOU CAN BLOW 4 REAL
I LIKE HOW YOU GAVE EVERYONE ELSE A CHANCE TO SHINE THAT WAS BIG ARE YOU MARRIED? HOLLA AT ME ###-###-##
The Actor Place

Burlington, VT

#13 Mar 10, 2008
Hello my name is Charles Olano owner of the Actor Place I've been teaching acting for over seven years. I was truly impressed with you Mr. Lawrence you are a much better director/actor etc. You given me a whole new outlook on this genre.
INDIA RIVERS

Burlington, VT

#14 Mar 10, 2008
JD YOU ARE CRAZY!!! WHAT AN AMAZING TALENT I LOVE YOU SO MUCH PLEASE TELL DARIUS I WANT TO HAVE HIS LOVE CHILD LOL
Freddie Willet

Burlington, VT

#15 Mar 10, 2008
JD why don't you have a tv show? who did I need to slap (LOL)
Bridget Jasper

Burlington, VT

#16 Mar 10, 2008
jd you and the cast were so nice accommodating all of us with your autographs i look forward to future works from you.
#1 fan xoxoxo
32-24-36
zealia p

Burlington, VT

#17 Mar 10, 2008
jd your book behind the cross is out of sight a must read
Chris Howard

United States

#18 Mar 11, 2008
Telma Hopkins was FABULOUS in your stage play she is indeed timeless. The song you wrote for her mothers love had me in tears the song was so true to the heart and could have not been written or performed better. Kudos to you JD and the entire cast it has been some time that a stage play with this momentum has come.
-CH
Janet

United States

#19 Mar 11, 2008
Mr. Lawrence where can I purchase your book behind the cross? My girlfriend from VA said it was very good.
Kimberlin Bristol

United States

#20 Mar 11, 2008
JD YOU ARE H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S I LOVE HOW YOU CHANGE CHARACTERS AND COME OUT AS THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE
House Mgr

Spring Grove, PA

#21 Mar 11, 2008
I've witness a very large sum of these african american stage plays through out the years i've been in the business of theater from perry to talbert even as far back as shelly, you name it . Laurence's presentation i must agree is the first i've ever witness caucasian patrons attending in record numbers. Not only did they attend but they enjoyed the performance immensely. The piece was not only well written but had a universal appeal. My boss even sat in on the entire performance which is extremely rare. I've seen him do that on one other occasion in the fifteen years i've been here and that was at a tyler perry performance and he didn't watch the entire show. I normally don't entertain forums or chat sessions but was intrigued buy the topix and thought my insight was from a total different and inside perspective. Mr Laurence my hat goes off to you and your talented staff.

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