“Tales of the City” Opens at ACT; Interviews With Armistead Maupin, Jeff Whitty, Carey Perloff

Mary Ann Singleton, Anna Madrigal, and the rest of the inhabitants of 28 Barbary Lane leap off the page and onto the stage tonight when Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City opens at ACT as a big-budget musical. (Check out a .pdf of the program here.)

The series of books by Maupin, the first few of which were serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle, follows the goings-on of a motley group of San Franciscans in the mid-1970s. The stories hooked many more fans with a 1993 television adaptation.

KQED’s Cy Musiker interviewed librettist Jeff Whitty, composer Jake Shears, and Armistead Maupin about the book series and the theatrical production. Listen to that below:

Cy Musiker interviews Jake Shears, Armistead Maupin, Jeff Whitty :http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/06/talesofcity.mp3|titles=talesofcity

A couple of weeks ago, KQED Forum’s Michael Krasny interviewed Maupin, Whitty, and Carey Perloff, artistic director for ACT. Listen to that below:

  • ACT: Tales of the City
  • ‘Tales of the City': ACT puts on final touches (SF Chronicle)


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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