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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater to Present Special Online Screening of “Tales of the City, The Musical”

Jun 18, 2021
Tony Award winner and American Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein has announced that A.C.T. will present a special online screening of the record-breaking musical, Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City, The Musical.” Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its world premiere, Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City, The Musical” will stream on Broadway On Demand’s National Theater Network during San Francisco Pride Week for one week only – June 21-27, 2021. Tickets are available by visiting www.act-sf.org/tazles or calling (415) 749-2228.

On the bustling streets of 1970s San Francisco, neon lights pierce through the fog-drenched skies, disco music explodes from crowded nightclubs, and a wide-eyes Midwestern girl finds a new home – and creates a new kind of family – with the characters at 28 Barbary Lane. Over three decades after Armistead Maupin mesmerized millions with his daily column in the city’s newspapers, detailing the lives and (multiple) loves of Mary Ann, Mouse, Mona, Brian, and their beloved but mysterious landlady Mrs. Madrigal, his iconic San Francisco saga came to life as a momentous new musical at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater. With a libretto by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty, music and lyrics by the Scissor Sister’s Jake Shears and John Garden, choreography by Larry Keigwin, and direction by Jason Moore, the show opened in June 2011 to critical and audience ac claim and became the highest-grossing musical production in A.C.T.’s history. Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City, The Musical” is based on the first two novels in Armistead Maupin’s series – “Armistead Maupin’s Tale of the City” and “More Tales of the City.”

“Tales of the City, The Musical” features a cast of 21, including Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera), Betsy Wolfe, Wesley Taylor, Mary Birdsong, Tony Award nominee Manoel Felciano;, and Josh Breckenridge. Rounding out the cast are (in alphabetical order): Keith A. Bearden, Jessica Coker, Kristoffer Cusick, Diane J. Findlay, Alex Hsu, Kimberly Jensen, Patrick Lane, Stuart Marland, Jeff McLean, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, Pamela Myers, Richard Poe, Julie Reiber, Andrew Samonsky, and Josh Walden.

In addition to the online screening, A.C.T. is filming a special conversation with Pam MacKinnon and Tony Award nominee Mx. Justin Vivian Bond—who made history as the first actor who identifies as transgender to play a trans character on Broadway during the one-night-only 2017 benefit concert of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City, The Musical” in the role of Mrs. Madrigal. The discussion will be free and available to the public. The conversation will discuss the changes in casting over the past 10 years and highlight the importance of representation and diversity in theater.

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Photo caption: Mary Ann Singleton (Betsy Wolfe, center, blue shirt) is taken to her first disco by her old friend Connie Bradshaw (Julie Reiber, center, purple dress). Photo by Alessandra Mello.


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