BY ANDREW GANS
FEB 21, 2017
The cast will include Betsy Wolfe, Justin Vivian Bond, and Wesley Taylor.
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center will present the New York City premiere of the musical version of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City March 27 at 7:30 PM at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre.
The cast will feature Justin Vivian Bond as Anna Madrigal, Betsy Wolfe as Mary Ann Singleton, and Wesley Taylor as Michael Tolliver with Armistead Maupin, Jose Llana, Mary Birdsong, Josh Breckenridge, Jeffrey Carlson, Kathleen Monteleone, and Dianne J. Findlay. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.
The concert will be directed by Travis Greisler with music direction by Cian McCarthy.
Tales of the City has a score by the Grammy-nominated Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and John Garden, and a book by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty.
All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and The Trevor Project.
The musical, according to press notes, “follows a community of friends, lovers, and others who reside at the mythical address of 28 Barbary Lane in 1976 San Francisco. Mary Ann Singleton (Betsy Wolfe), a fresh arrival from Ohio, falls into a diverse band of Bohemians and blue- bloods, as families are created and rediscovered under the watchful eye of mystical landlady Anna Madrigal (Justin Vivian Bond).”
Tales of the City was first developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference in 2009, and had a subsequent run at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in 2011. The concert will feature many returning cast members from both productions as well as support from the original creative team, including original director Jason Moore and music director/vocal arranger Stephen Oremus.
“I’m excited to rock the Music Box with this very special show. In 2009, the energy in the O’Neill’s Barn Theater was electric as Tales of the City took its first steps, and we’ll light up New York next month when the musical takes its next step,” O’Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway said in a statement. “It will be a magical evening, with the words and music of Jeff, Jake, and John, under the watchful guidance of Armistead. I’m grateful to our incredible cast, many of whom are returning to the roles, everyone at Dear Evan Hansen and the Shubert Organization for lending us the theater, and to the authors and creative team for bringing this piece alive again in support of the O’Neill and The Trevor Project.”
For tickets, priced $60, $175, and $400, click here. The Music Box Theatre is located at 239 W. 45th St.
Founded in 1964, the O’Neill is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to “the development of new works and new voices for the American theater, and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.”
The Trevor Project is the “leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.”