An Alabama native and Knoxville College graduate, singer, actor, writer and producer, Palmer Williams Jr., will be appearing in New York on April 5 – 8 at the Beacon Theatre, located 2124 Broadway at 74th Street in Manhattan, in Tyler Perry’s stage play “The Haves and the Have Nots.”
“I am playing a butler in ‘The Haves and the Have Nots.’ I am lending comedic relief as a nosey butler into everyone’s business. Although I am revisiting the character of Floyd, the role I play in the ‘House of Payne.’ The stage production has been a wonderful experience for me. I am putting all of myself into the production and having a lot of fun. ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ is a show about two different family situations and two different economic situations.
“It’s about a family with a deep love for one another and the hope they have in overcoming their struggles. The other side is about a rich man, married for the second time to a woman with a wandering eye. His wife is high maintenance and he begins to wonder if his wife loves him or his bank account. The wife at one time was a Have Not, who acquired her wealth through marriage,” explained Palmer of the show.
Outside of the loveable barber, Floyd, on “House of Payne,” Palmer has appeared in other Tyler Perry productions such as “Laugh to Keep From Crying,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Marriage Counselor,” and another coming soon on DVD entitled “I Don’t Want To Be Wrong.”
Initially in health administration, Williams was inspired to join the healthcare system when watching his mother die slowly of cancer when he was nine years old. “I knew I had to do something since I came from a loving family with both a father and mother in the house, and then cancer destroyed that. Therefore, I acquired a degree in health care, since I did not want others to suffer what I had when a parent dies. My father later died of cancer as well,” recalled Palmer. “You know if you bring your body to an alkaline state you can get rid of cancer, since cancer cannot survive in an alkaline state. They actually have alkaline drops you can get from a Holistic doctor to put in water or juice to kill the free radicals and balance the PH in your body. Our bodies were engineered to heal itself. This society worries itself sick and I believe that cancer is associated with stress and poor eating habits, which builds up toxins in the body,” stated the singer and writer whose 11-old daughter was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at three years old.
Palmer, who always had the acting and singing bug, learned not to take himself too seriously. When others told him that he was actually funny, he began to pursue a career in entertainment and through hard work found he had good timing. Palmer has been successful as a singer. His vocal credits have included singing background for Keith Sweat, Grammy award winner Monica and LCG. He also writes songs. His CD is entitled “Neo-Save.”
Palmer is also on Twitter and Facebook. His CD, “Neo-Save,” will be on sale at the Beacon Theatre as well as the CD “What A Man Wants, What A Women Needs.”
“I am a 24-year-old overnight success with the birthing of my career, and I am not even half way there yet,” claimed Palmer humbly. “I know those who come out and see ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ will enjoy it. They will enjoy it and I look forward to doing the show at the Beacon. I have been to the Beacon a few times but it’s always like the first time, each time,” said the actor who also has a landscape business.
Palmer also spends time speaking before fellowship organizations and various high schools where he can inspire youth about the entertainment business and talk about life in general.
“When I come to New York, I will give 150 percent of myself in the show. I consider it an honor to star in a show and work for Tyler Perry with his writing skills. The way Tyler puts on a show is like no other and so I consider it to be a blessing to be associated with him. Tyler believes in me so I do not want to disappoint Tyler, my family or my audience.