The highly anticipated show from the writer and director of Avenue Q is based on the popular novels (first seen as newspaper-serial columns) by Maupin, who wrote of life, love and friendship in pre-AIDS San Francisco. The limited-time opportunity to purchase single tickets begins 10 AM Dec. 5 and ends 11:59 PM Dec. 9. A.C.T. performances in San Francisco are expected to sell out quickly, and single tickets will not be available for purchase again until January 2011.
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City will play May 17-June 19, 2011, at the American Conservatory Theater at 415 Geary Street in San Francisco. No casting has been announced, but it's thought that Tony Award winner Betty Buckley will play Anna Madrigal, a part she performed in the recent workshop of the show.
According the not-for-profit A.C.T., "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 from the Tony Award–winning creators of Avenue Q (librettist Jeff Whitty and director Jason Moore) and the musical minds behind the glam-rock phenomenon Scissor Sisters (composers Jake Shears and John Garden). The capstone of the 2010–11 season, A.C.T.'s world premiere musical adaptation of Tales of the City unleashes an exuberant celebration of the irrepressible spirit that continues to define our City by the Bay."
Tickets are available on the A.C.T. website at www.act-sf.org.
"Tale Chasers," members of A.C.T.'s email fan club, were able to purchase tickets beginning Dec. 2. To join "Tale Chasers" — and to receive exclusive first looks, presale ticket information, and other special offers — visit www.act-sf.org/TaleChasers. *
Development of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City was supported by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center during a residency at the National Music Theater Conference of 2009.