I just can’t see it because of how short the set list would have been. I can’t see her performing songs from the first two albums. But then in the 80s was it normal to tour with a short setlist? Theatres would be been cute I guess as a sort of “introduction”. A “I’m Janet let me show you what I can do” word of mouth type thing. Not a full blown out tour but like a small little House of Blues one night special kind of show with like 5/6 dates where it was all word of mouth. Kind of like how new artists do it today.
I feel like the control tour would have been successful in the US but not that much globally. Touring during Rhythm Nation was perfect. Her cards/planets were aligned and it became the cultural moment it became in a way it might not have had there been a Control tour.