Tales Of The City Musical Coming!

Fan of the Scissor Sisters? Armistead Maupin? Or just love a camp night out? Well have I got news for you. Having seen it with my very own eyes on a recent visit to San Francisco, I can reveal that the rumours are true – Maupin’s classic Tales Of The City are being turned into a musical by the combined talents of Jake Shears and bandmate John ‘JJ’ Garden (music) along with Avenue Q playwright Jeff Whitty (words). The production is set to open in America next spring and will hopefully hop across the Atlantic not long after that…

Speaking recently in an article in US magazine The Advocate, the Scissor Sisters frontman said: “If I had to hide being gay I wouldn’t have a creative process – I wouldn’t have a career.” Shears is in full creative bloom, having released new album Night Work this summer, describing the new material as being “about an imaginary New York that exists only in my head.” He’s also brimming with excitement about working on the stage musical version of Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin’s beloved novel about a group of friends in 1970s San Francisco. “The characters are so established, strong and familiar to me that it’s been a pleasure to write for them.” After the anti-climax that (still is) the Priscilla musical, I have high hopes for this one, bringing Michael Tolliver, Mrs Madrigal and co to singing, dancing life. Don’t let us down Jake, JJ & Jeff.

Tales Of the City: The Musical opens next May at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.

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