The American Conversatory Theatre, based in San Francisco, will premiere a musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin's hit cable series "Tales of the City" in the upcoming 2010-2011 season.
"It's a wonderful Valentine to the community in which we live," beamed current Artistic Director Carey Perloff.
Local residents may recall that Armistead Maupin's highly-entertaining musings sprang from a series of engrossing columns in the San Francisco Chronicle that kept fans of the gay-themed potboiler chattering at the water cooler at the crack of dawn each day.
The first book was made into a television miniseries, Tales of the City, which was produced by Channel 4 in the UK (screened by PBS in the U.S. in 1994).
My two favorite characters?
Mouse & Mary Ann.
In the series opener, naive Mary Ann Singleton arrives from Cleveland, Ohio.
She finds an apartment at 28 Barbary Lane, owned and operated by a mysterious character by the name of Anna Madrigal, who is keen on growing marijuana in the garden (and sharing the bumper crop with her mostly-gay bohemian tenants).
Mary Ann throws caution to the wind and becomes fast friends with her neighbours: bisexual hippy Mona Ramsey, straight ladies man Brian Hawkins, odd-ball roof tenant Norman Neal Williams, and cute Michael Tolliver who is an outgoing "out" gay man known to his friends as Mouse (as in Mickey Mouse).
At press time, it was hinted that the production may make it to Broadway eventually, with a dynamite score by Scissors Sisters songwriters Jake Shears and John Garden, and director Jason Moore at the helm.
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