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A 'Pitch Perfect' Featurette: VIDEO

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Back in June I posted the trailer for Pitch Perfect, the upcoming comedy set for release in October, which looks to take Glee to the next level. It deals with the cutthroat world of high school a capella groups and is directed by the Tony-nominated director of Broadway's Avenue Q, Jason Moore.

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'Glee' on Steroids: VIDEO

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Those of you who wouldn't mind your Glee with a touch of Mean Girls should check out the new trailer for Pitch Perfect, a comedy set for release this October which deals with the cutthroat world of high school a capella groups. It also happens to be directed by the Tony-nominated director of Broadway's Avenue Q, Jason Moore.

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'Tales of the City' Musical to Open

Tales The NYT today posted a big story on the new musical based on Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and its collaborating creative team of director Jason Moore, librettist Jeff Whitty, and composers John Garden and Jake Shears:

The result of that five-year collaboration will make its debut in — where else? — San Francisco this month as a $2.5 million production that includes a company of 21 actors, nearly four dozen characters, at least two pairs of knee-high patent-leather go-go boots and more than 200 other costumes. (And God knows how much polyester.)

It’s the most expensive show ever produced by the American Conservatory Theater, whose schedule usually mixes classical revivals with more experimental pieces. Single-handedly producing new musicals isn’t typically part of its programming, but Carey Perloff, the theater’s artistic director, said that “Tales of the City” fit both the company’s mission of doing work about the Bay Area as well as providing a low-pressure environment for creators.

“It’s a nontraditional kind of piece — lots of characters, lots of story lines, lots of sex and drugs — and I think we fit what they were looking for,” said Ms. Perloff. “This isn’t a particularly ‘Broadway’ audience. This audience is very game for unusual musicals.”

Previews start May 18, and the show opens on May 31.


Watch: Jake Shears, Jason Moore, Jeffy Whitty, and John Garden Discuss 'Tales of the City' Musical

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Director Jason Moore, librettist Jeff Whitty, and composers Jake Shears and John Garden, the creative team behind the forthcoming Tales of the City Musical, talk about how they were introduced to the book.

The show has its world premiere on May 18 at San Francisco's ACT Theatre.

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Tales of the City Musical to Debut at CT's O'Neill Center in July

The musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin's Tales in the City we first heard about back in January 2008 is moving along nicely, according to reports.

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The show's synopsis, as published by Playbill: "Based on the beloved series of novels by Armistead Maupin, Tales of the City follows a community of friends, lovers, and others who reside at the mythical address of 28 Barbary Lane in 1976 San Francisco. Mary Ann Singleton, a fresh arrival from Ohio, falls into a diverse band of Bohemians and blue-bloods, as families are created and rediscovered under the watchful eye of mystical landlady Anna Madrigal."

Avenue Q and Shrek the Musical director Jason Moore, while not mentioned here, has been attached to direct in previous reports.


Tales of the City Musical Looks Broadway-Bound

Back in January I posted that a Tales of the City musical was in the works, driven by Avenue Q scribe Jeff Whitty and Scissor Sister Jake Shears. It appears the project is moving along swiftly:

Maupin"Jason Moore ('Avenue Q," "Shrek') will helm the show, which follows the idiosyncratic characters encountered by a young Midwestern woman in 1970s San Francisco. Produced by 'Avenue Q' producers Jeffrey Seller, Robyn Goodman and Kevin McCollum, 'Tales of the City' hopes to hit Broadway during the 2009-10 season. Budget for the developing show has not yet been determined, although creatives and producers expect a large-scale musical that, like the original book, follows the storylines of nearly a dozen major characters. Seller estimated capitalization would cost no less than $10 million. Plot of the musical will focus on the 1978 novel 'Tales of the City,' the first of seven 'Tales' books, with elements from the second novel likely included as well."

Said Whitty: "Even now, it still feels like the future to me. I want the world to get to the place that we were in San Francisco in the 1970s."

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