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

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


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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