Tales of the City Concert Will Play Broadway’s Music Box Theatre

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.”


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A Documentary About Armistead Maupin’s Life Is Debuting At SXSW

The “Tales of the City” author steps into the spotlight.
by Christopher Rudolph

This March The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, a new documentary about the man behind Tales of the City, is making its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.

The film “celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.” It’s directed by Jennifer M. Kroots who previously helmed the George Takei documentary To Be Takei.

In addition to a movie about his life, Maupin is also releasing a memoir in October entitled Logical Family—a phrase that Maupin’s character Anna Madrigal used in Tales of the City to describe her friends and tenants of Barnaby Lane.

Aside from news of a Maupin memoir and movie, the author also dropped some hints last year that there might be another Tales of the City TV adaptation in the near future. The last miniseries, Further Tales of the City, aired on Showtime in 2001.

The SXSW Film Festival runs March 10-19 in Austin, TX.


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“The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” Premieres at SXSW Film Festival

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (World Premiere)
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.

Check out the full festival lineup here

Check out the films Official Facebook Page here

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‘Tales of the City’ author Armistead Maupin says, ‘I surrendered my youth.’


Who today even remembers that Armistead “Tales of the City” Maupin is from Raleigh?

That’s right. The man who, in 1976, began chronicling the gay movement in San Francisco, came from a conservative family in Raleigh. His father, so the story goes, led the entire family out of church when the minister preached for integration.

A few years ago, Maupin told an interviewer: “My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Life’s too damn short.”

In October, Transworld will release Maupin’s first memoir, “Logical Family,” where he recounts, according to the Guardian, “his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer, via Vietnam and the bathhouses of 1970s San Francisco.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/books/reading-matters-blog/article126838304.html#storylink=cpy

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Top 5 Vintage Gay TV Characters

Antony Simpson
13th July 2016

ac0af23b86aeb42d28e80cb7a544069bAntony Simpson shares his Top 5 Vintage TV Characters. In order to make the list, characters had to be iconic, queer and in some way vintage.

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Talking With Armistead Maupin :: Telling Tales in Ptown

by Jim Halterman
Friday Jul 8, 2016

We know that Armistead Maupin is a great storyteller from his legendary “Tales of the City” book series and other novels he’s penned over the years, and this weekend he is also going to be telling those stories at the Paramount in Provincetown.

At his two shows set at the Paramount (at the Crown and Anchor), Maupin will be telling stories about himself and his journey that began, in his words, when he was an “ultra-conservative” young man who is now an activist and voice for the queer community.

When EDGE talked to him earlier this week, the esteemed author didn’t have anything to announce quite yet about what may or may not be happening with a potential “Tales of the City” revival on TV; but there was still plenty to talk about in terms of his love for Ptown, how it and San Francisco are similar, and, since he was present at the recent San Francisco premiere, his thoughts on the upcoming “Looking” movie on HBO.

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A Return to Barbary Lane?

screenshot8612At the Monday, June 20, opening party for Dog Eared Books’ new store in the Castro, after Armistead Maupin read something from “Logical Family,” his forthcoming memoir, Frank Biafore asked about Laura Linney’s recent revelation that there have been talks of an updated “Tales of the City.” Maupin confirmed that some talks are in progress, and then said, “How great would it be if people found out Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal were soon headed back to 28 Barbary Lane, and they found out from gossip heard in the Castro bookstore?”

But if you weren’t in the bookstore, here’s more about it: The series will be set in modern-day San Francisco, says Maupin, “with 50-something Mary Ann Singleton returning to Barbary Lane,” as well as Michael Tolliver, who comes from “a difficult Christian family in Orlando.” Way before last week’s horrific events, Maupin had “already established 40 years ago that Michael’s parents were Florida orange growers, and his mother had joined the Anita Bryant crusade.”

In Los Angeles last week, Maupin and Linney attended pitch meetings with several networks for the new series. Linney and Olympia Dukakis are, in showbiz lingo, already “attached” to it.


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“Tales” Omnibus available 12/06/2016

Just in time for Christmas, 3 books containing all 9 “Tales” novels will be released by Harper Collins. Available for pre-order now!

28 Barbary Lane

Back to Barbary Lane

Goodbye Barbary Lane






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Laura Linney is keeping a secret

No one is lovelier than LL when she spills the beans.
More news soon!

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The Maytag Man Wants to Celebrate Pride with You

Can anyone identify the Maytag Man celebrating pride and his link to Armistead?

by Muri Assunção
June 2, 2016 | 5:50pm

maytagmanFor 49 years, he’s been America’s “reliable and strong repairman who loves to do the dishes.” This year, he’s also “dependable, powerful and stocked full of Pride.”

After last year’s successful ad campaign that showed the Maytag Man holding a colored layer cake with a caption that read “Proud to be in any home,” an allusion to bakeries that had refused to serve same-sex couples, Maytag is bringing back the rainbow version of the good-looking handyman to celebrate LGBT Pride month. And this year, Maytag’s parent company Whirlpool also joined in.

Read the full article here.


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