Jake Shears & Betsy Wolfe Talk 'Tales Of The City' On Broadway On Demand


Recently Betsy Wolfe and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters and the composer of Tales Of The City recently joined iHeartRadio Broadway's SJ Arnegger to chat about the musical being streamed on Broadway on Demand during Pride month and how they feel about audience members seeing the show after its original debut in 2011 at ACT. Seen for the first time in its entirety, the fully-staged production, Tales of the City, The Musical, features a cast of 21, including Tony Award winner Judy Kaye (Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera),Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos),Wesley Taylor (Rock of Ages, SpongeBob SquarePants), Mary Birdsong (“The Descendants,” “Reno 911!”), Tony Award nominee Manoel Felciano (To Kill a Mockingbird, Sweeney Todd), and Josh Breckenridge (Come From Away, Scottsboro Boys). Rounding out the cast are Keith A. Bearden, Jessica Coker, Kristoffer Cusick, Diane J. Findlay, Alex Hsu, Kimberly Jensen, Patrick Lane, Stuart Marland, Jeff McLean, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, Pamela Myers, Richard Poe, Julie Reiber, Andrew Samonsky, and Josh Walden.

Filmed during its original 2011 run, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The Musical features a libretto by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by the Scissor Sisters’s Jake Shears and John Garden, choreography by Larry Keigwin, and direction by Jason Moore (The Cher Show, “Pitch Perfect”). The show opened in June 2011 to critical and audience acclaim and became the highest-grossing musical production in A.C.T.’s history.

In addition to the online screening, A.C.T. is filming a special conversation with Pam MacKinnon and Tony Award nominee Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, who made history as the first actor who identifies as transgender to play a trans character on Broadway during the one-night-only 2017 benefit concert of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The Musical in the role of Mrs. Madrigal. The discussion will be free and available to ticket holders. The conversation will discuss the changes in casting over the past 10 years and highlight the importance of representation and diversity in theater.

Tickets for Tales of The City, The Musical are $19 for the "Mary Ann" ticket that provides 48-hour access. The $29 “Household” tickets are for those watching with their close knit chosen family. In addition to 48-hour access, the purchaser will receive a digital download of the original show poster. The $49 “Pride Party” tickets are for those watching with large groups, organizations and establishments as part of their Pride celebrations. In addition to 48-hour access, the purchaser will receive a digital download of the original show poster autographed by the members of the cast and creative team.

Watch the full interview in the player above.