Thursday, April 16, 2009

All singing, all dancing, all Armistead Maupin: "Tales of the City" hits the boards this summer

Originally published 4-16-2009
by Alonso Duralde

What rhymes with "Mary Ann Singleton"? Fans of Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City will find out this summer with the debut of the long-awaited stage musical adaptation.

Maupin's not the only gay artist involved, however. Avenue Q's Jeff Whitty has written the book for this new musical, while Jake Shears and John Garden of the Scissor Sisters contributed the songs. No word as to who has been cast as Mrs. Madrigal, Michael, Mona and the rest of the Barbary Lane gang.

Maupin's work has already been successfully adapted for television (three Tales of the City mini-series), movies (The Night Listener) and even opera (Jake Heggie's Anna Madrigal Remembers) so why not Broadway?

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