EXCLUSIVE: These Tales of the City Musical Portraits Mark an Unprecedented Broadway Milestone

Photo Features   EXCLUSIVE: These Tales of the City Musical Portraits Mark an Unprecedented Broadway Milestone
The musical based on Armistead Maupin’s beloved novel series received a history-making, one-night-only Broadway concert presentation.
Justin Vivian Bond Eric McNatt

The musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s San Francisco-set novel series Tales of the City received its New York City concert premiere March 27 at the Music Box Theatre.

Featuring a score by Grammy-nominated Scissor Sisters’ front man Jake Shears and John Garden, and a book by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty, the musical is based on the first two books in Maupin’s series that traces the intertwining lives of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.

The evening was presented as a benefit for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, which helped develop the musical prior to its 2011 San Francisco world premiere at the American Conservatory Theatre, as well as the Trevor Project.

Tony Award nominee Mx. Justin Vivian Bond made Broadway history in the role of Anna Madrigal, Barbary Lane’s pot-smoking landlady, becoming the first actor who identifies as transgender to play a trans character on Broadway.

The evening also featured members of the original 2011 San Francisco premiere cast, including Betsy Wolfe as Mary Ann Singleton, Wesley Taylor as Michael Tolliver, and Mary Birdsong as Mona, as well as Jose Llana, Josh Breckenridge, Jeffrey Carlson, Kathleen Monteleone, Dianne J. Findlay, Rachel Dratch, and Stephen Schnetzer.

Playbill captured the historic night in this exclusive portrait series shot by photographer Eric McNatt.

Flip through the 30 exclusive portraits below:

McNatt previously collaborated with Playbill on The Stonewall Portraits, which commemorated the designation of The Stonewall Inn as a National Historic Landmark. View the exclusive shoot featuring members of theatre community here.

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