PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Pride Week Backstage at Tales of the City With Mary Birdsong | Playbill

News PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Pride Week Backstage at Tales of the City With Mary Birdsong
Mary Birdsong, who stars in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City at American Conservatory Theatre, offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the world-premiere musical.

Birdsong (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Hairspray) plays the free-spirited Mona Ramsay in the stage work based upon Maupin's iconic series of novels. readers are invited to meet the colorful residents of 28 Barbary Lane, explore backstage at the historic Geary Theater and have a peek at the show's special Pride Week performance.

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Pride Week Backstage at Tales of the City With Mary Birdsong

Tony Award nominee Jason Moore (Shrek, Avenue Q, Steel Magnolias) directs the musical based on the first two novels in Maupin's series, which trace the intertwining lives of San Francisco residents in the 1970's.

Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera, On the Twentieth Century, Souvenir) leads the cast as enigmatic pot-smoking landlady Anna Madrigal, with Betsy Wolfe (Everyday Rapture, 110 in the Shade) as Ohio native Mary Ann Singleton, Mary Birdsong (Martin Short Fame Becomes Me, "Reno 911") as the free-spirited Mona Ramsay and Wesley Taylor (Rock of Ages, The Addams Family) as Michael "Mouse" Tollivar. Tales of the City also features Tony Award nominee Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) as Norman Neal Williams, Patrick Lane as Brian Hawkins, Richard Poe (Cry-Baby) as Edgar Halcyon, Kathleen Monteleone (Legally Blonde) as Dede Halcyon-Day, Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific) as Beauchamp Day, Josh Breckenridge (Scottsboro Boys) as Jon Fielding, Diane J. Findlay as Mother Mucca and Alex Hsu as Lionel.

The ensemble includes Keith Bearden, Kris Cusick, Kimberly Jensen, Stuart Marland, Pamela Myers, Julie Reiber and Josh Walden.

The production has scenic design by Douglas W. Schmidt, costume design by Beaver Bauer, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by John Shivers, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and arrangements by Steven Oremus. Carmel Dean serves as music supervisor, with Cian McCarthy as music director and conductor. Choreography is by Larry Keigwin.

Here's how ACT bills the work: "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. 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 comes home as a momentous new musical."

Tales of the City, which has extended its engagement three times, is scheduled to run through July 31.

For tickets call (415) 749-2228 or visit ACT-SF.

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