Mean Girls' Ashley Park, Bob the Drag Queen, Dear Evan Hansen's Michael Park Join Netflix's Tales of the City | Playbill

Film & TV News Mean Girls' Ashley Park, Bob the Drag Queen, Dear Evan Hansen's Michael Park Join Netflix's Tales of the City The stage alums join previously announced returning stars from the original series, including Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.
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A host of stage favorites Netflix have joined the cast of Netflix's upcoming revival series based on Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, set to premiere on the streaming platform in 2019.

Christopher Caldwell, aka Bob the Drag Queen Bruce Glikas/Playbill

The newly-announced cast includes Tony nominee Ashley Park (Mean Girls) as Ani, Michael Park (Dear Evan Hansen) as Robert, Paul Gross (Private Lives) reprising his role of Brian Hawkins from the original series, Murray Bartlett (M. Butterfly) as Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver, Matthew Risch (Pal Joey, Other Desert Cities) as Harrison, Benjamin Thys (Oslo) as Eli, and Samantha Soule (The Philanthropist, Coram Boy) as Inka.

Additional cast includes Caldwell Tidicue (also known as Bob the Drag Queen, recently seen in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Angels in America) as Ida Best, Charlie Barnett as Ben Marshall, Josiah Victoria Garcia as Jake Rodriguez, May Hong as Margot Park, Jen Richards as young Anna Madrigal, Daniela Vega as Ysela, Michelle Buteau as Wren, Christopher Larkinas Raven, Dickie Hearts as Mateo, and Juan Castano as Flaco Ramirez.

The cast joins previously-announced stars Laura Linney (The Little Foxes), Olympia Dukakis (Rose), Ellen Page, and Barbara Garrick; Linney, Dukakis, and Garrick each reprise their roles from the original 1993 miniseries.


Inspired by the 11-book series penned by Armistead Maupin, Netflix's Tales of the City follows previous series Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, and Further Tales of the City, which aired in the U.S. on PBS and Showtime. The revival series picks up as Mary Ann (Linney) returns home to Barbary Lane in San Francisco, where she's reunited with her daughter (Page) and ex-husband Brian (Gross) two decades after leaving them to pursue her career.

"Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane."

Lauren Morelli, the series' showrunner, has assembled a wholly queer writing staff, made up of Andy Parker, Patricia Resnick (9 to 5 on Broadway), Marcus Gardley (Black Odyssey), Jen Silverman (The Roommate), Hansol Jung (Wild Goose Dreams), and Thomas Page McBee.

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City is produced by Working Title Television and NBCUniversal International for Netflix, with Maupin, Linney, Morelli, and Alan Poul serving as executive producers. Additional executive producers include Working Title's Andrew Stearn, Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner, with Michael Cunningham (The Hours) serving as consulting producer.

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