AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER TO PRESENT SPECIAL ONLINE SCREENING OF THE CELEBRATED MUSICAL,
ARMISTEAD MAUPIN’S TALES OF THE CITY, THE MUSICAL
Filmed during its original 2011 run, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City: The Musical, a10th Anniversary event, will stream during San Francisco Pride Week on Broadway On Demand’s National Theater Network
June 21–27, 2021
*** Tickets On Sale Now! ***
SAN FRANCISCO (June 1, 2021)—Tony Award winner and American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein announced today 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 ($19, $29, $49) are available now by visiting www.act-sf.org/tales or calling 415-749-2228. The $19 “Mary Ann” tickets give access to a 48-hour viewing window. Those purchasing the $29 “Household” tickets will, in addition to the viewing window, receive a digital download of the original show poster, while those purchasing the $49 “Pride Party” tickets will receive a digital download of the original show poster autographed by the cast and creative team.
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- eyed 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 (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by the Scissor Sisters’s Jake Shears and John Garden, choreography by Larry Keigwin, and direction by Jason Moore (The Cher Show, “Pitch Perfect”), the show opened in June 2011 to critical and audience acclaim 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 Tales of the City and More Tales of the City.
Seen for the first time in its entirety, the fully-staged production—captured during its original 2011 run with multiple cameras before a live audience—features a cast of 21, including Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera), Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos), Wesley Taylor (Rock of Ages, SpongeBob SquarePants), Mary Birdsong (“The Descendants,” “Reno 911!”), Tony Award nominee Manoel Felciano (To Kill a Mockingbird, Sweeney Todd), and Josh Breckenridge (Come From Away, Scottsboro Boys). 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 ticket holders. The conversation will discuss the changes in casting over the past 10 years and highlight the importance of representation and diversity in theater.
“As San Francisco returns and we celebrate Pride anew this month, I’m thrilled to have A.C.T.’s beloved musical and Armistead Maupin’s characters be part of the celebration,” said MacKinnon. “This is a show that deserved a longer life. We’re grateful to have this simple but beautiful archival capture that represents the city, where we were, and who we can be.”
The creative team for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The Musical includes Douglas W. Schmidt (Set Design), Beaver Bauer (Costume Design), Robert Wierzel (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design), Bruce Coughlin (Orchestrations), Carmel Dean (Music Supervisor), Stephen Oremus and Carmel Dean (Arrangements), Cian McCarthy (Music Director), Travis Greisler (Assistant Director) Ashley Browne (Assistant Choreographer), and David Caparelliotis (Casting).
A.C.T. gratefully acknowledges the following supporters who made the development and production of the landmark 2011 production possible: Priscilla and Keith Geeslin; James C. Hormel and Michael Nguyen-Hormel; The Kenneth Rainin FoundationFred M. Levin in honor of Nancy Livingston Levin, The Shenson Foundation; Kathleen Scutchfield; Jeff and Laurie Ubben; Ray and Dagmar Dolby Fund; Burt** and Deedee McMurtry; Mrs. Susan Van Wagner; AT&T Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fund for New Works, National Endowment for the Arts, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
A.C.T. would like to acknowledge its Season Presenters Mrs. Barbara Bakar; Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson; Bill Draper; Linda Jo Fitz; Priscilla and Keith Geeslin; Kirke and Nancy Hasson; James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen-Hormel; Kenneth and Gisele Miller; Barbara Ravizza and John S. Osterweis; Toni Rembe and Arthur Rock; Robina Riccitiello; Mary and Steven Swig; Jay Yamada; Kay Yun and Andre Neumann-Loreck; and Company Sponsors Mr. Rodney Ferguson and Ms. Kathleen Egan; Frannie Fleishhacker; Kevin and Celeste Ford; Fred M. Levin in honor of Nancy Livingston Levin, The Shenson Foundation; John Little and Heather Stallings Little; The Marymor Family Fund; Burt** and Deedee McMurtry; Gerine Ongkeko; David and Carla Riemer; Patti and Rusty Rueff; Abby and Gene Schnair; Aaron Vermut and Adriana Lopez Vermut; Nola Yee. Additional support provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.
The San Francisco Chronicle is the News Media Sponsor of the digital presentation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The Musical.