Musical Madrigal

The popular book & television series “Tales Of The City” is to become a musical.

Inspired by the novels “Tales of the City” and “More Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin, the musical looks at the lives of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, in 1970s San Francisco.

The American Conservatory Theatre based in San Francisco will produce the world premiere in May 2011. But first it will have a second workshop.

Previously it had a developmental run at the O’Neill Center’s Musical Theater Conference in 2009.

The musical’s score is by Scissor Sisters band members Jason Sellards (lyrics) and John Garden (music), and it’s book is by Tony winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q).  Jason Moore (Avenue Q, Shrek), who staged the developmental run of the musical at the O’Neill Center’s Musical Theater Conference in 2009, will again direct.

Tony Award winner Betty Buckley (Cats) recently tweeted  that she will be playing marijuana-friendly landlady Anna Madrigal in the workshop. The role was brilliantly portrayed in the TV series by Olympia Dukakis. Great casting I say. No official casting has been announced, and cast from the workshop don’t necessarily go on to appear in the production.

I am a huge fan of the books and subsequent mini-series (3 were made). I do hope that they do a good job adapting it into a musical form.

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Olympia Dukakis and Armistead Maupin. Credit: Randi Lynn Beach / For The LATimes



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3 responses to “Musical Madrigal

  1. Muse of Babs (mOb)


    Something to definitely look forward to. HEAVEN. Thanks for the update bAbS

  2. doris

    will it be like a west coast Avenue Q?

  3. If it is anything like Avenue Q then it will be well worth it. It has the potential to be outrageous.

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