‘Tales’ to bow in hometown

Musical to premiere in San Francisco

The new musical adaptation of “Tales of the City” will have its world preem next year as part of the 2010-11 season at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.

Based on the first two books of Armistead Maupin’s series of novels, “Tales” is bowing in the city where it’s set. Storyline, also adapted for a TV series that aired in the U.S. on PBS and Showtime, follows the residents of a boarding house in 1970s San Francisco.

Tuner has a book by Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”) and songs by Jake Shears and John Garden, two of the members of the band Scissor Sisters. Jason Moore (“Avenue Q,” “Shrek the Musical”) directs.

While commercial producers have been attached to the development process of “Tales,” the San Fran staging is billed solely as a production of ACT.

Still, Gotham legiters seems likely to keep an eye on the project. They had the chance to get an early look at the tuner in developmental perfs last summer at the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference.

“Tales” finishes off the ACT season, running May 17-July 19, 2011. Other offerings on the 2010-11 lineup include Bill Irwin starrer “Scapin” and the West Coast preem of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet.”

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