Tales of the City: New Musical Based on Armistead Maupin's Saga
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The last date listed for Tales of the City was Sunday July 31, 2011 / 8:00pm (Closing Night).
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Featured review from cecily.rachel
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For those of us who followed "Tales of the City" in the Chronicle in the 1970's, this is a fine nostalgia trip, as the characters we remember are all brought to life, most winsomely.Well-cast in the central roles are Judy Kaye as Anna Madrigal and Betsy Wolfe as Mary Ann: both are strong singers. Diane Findlay steals the second act, and Wesley Taylor steals your heart. The costumes are perfectly evocative of the era. The songs didn't leave us humming the tunes,but they work well within the musical. The book does as much justice as possible to most of the characters, given that two books' worth of material had to be compressed into a musical show. I think only Mona could have been fleshed-out more, in terms of her motivations.
The best reason to go is to be transported back to the freewheeling San Francisco of 1976: before AIDS, dot.coms, sky-high rents... to enjoy the still-warm embers of the flowerchild era and the exuberance of the gay culture as it was then.
And if it's not a nostalgia trip for you, then go anyway, for a delightful musical experience, with a better story than most modern musicals, and a cast of characters who will worm their way into your heart.
Quotes & Highlights
Read "an excerpt ":http://www.act-sf.org/site/DocServer/tales_wop_2.pdffrom an interview with the show’s creators.
Follow a timeline of Tales in the City events from 1976-1977.
On the bustling streets of 1970s San Francisco, neon lights pierce through the fog-drenched skies, disco music explodes from crowded nightclubs, and a wide-eyed Midwestern girl finds a new home—and creates a new kind of family—with the characters at 28 Barbary Lane. Three decades after Armistead Maupin mesmerized millions with his daily column in the city’s newspapers, his iconic San Francisco saga comes home as a momentous new musical. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City unleashes an exuberant celebration of the irrepressible spirit that continues to define our City by the Bay.