American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)'s Opening Night Gala celebrating the world premiere of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City took place on Wednesday, June 1, and raised $950,000 to support the production and A.C.T.'s educational programs.
Among the opening night attendees were author Armistead Maupin, whose popular series of newspaper columns and novels form the basis for the musical, and actress Laura Linney, who played Mary Ann Singleton in the television miniseries adaptation of Tales of the City.
Featuring a book by Jeff Whitty and a score by Jake Shears and John Garden of the Scissor Sisters, the A.C.T. production is directed by Jason Moore, with choreography by Larry Keigwin.
The cast features Mary Birdsong as Mona Ramsey, Manoel Felciano as Norman Neal Williams, Judy Kaye as Anna Madrigal, Patrick Lane as Brian Hawkins, Richard Poe as Edgar Halcyon, Wesley Taylor as Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, Betsy Wolfe as Mary Ann Singleton, Josh Breckenridge as Jon Fielding, Diane J. Findlay as Mother Mucca, Alex Hsu as Lionel, Kathleen Monteleone as DeDe Halcyon-Day, and Andrew Samonsky as Beauchamp Day. The ensemble includes Keith A. Bearden, Kristoffer Cusick, Kimberly Jensen, Stuart Marland, Pamela Myers, Julie Reiber, and Josh Walden.