Armistead Maupin on Mrs. Madrigal and Chelsea Pines

Armistead Maupin is the author of nine novels, including the six-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the MoonThe Night ListenerMichael Tolliver Lives, and, most recently, Mary Ann in Autumn. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.  The world premiere of the musical version of Tales of the City begins previews at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater May 18th, opens May 31st and runs until July 10.

We at Chelsea Pines are so excited to have received a lovely note in response to Jay Lesiger’s recent post, ‘How to Make an Inn’, from none other than our favorite author and inspiration, Armistead Maupin (!).  It was so generous of him to take time from his preparations for the musical debut of Tales of the City to share his thoughts about Chelsea Pines.

Hi Jay,

At this very moment a group of gifted artists (many of them New Yorkers) are preparing to bring “Tales of the City” to the musical stage in San Francisco, so the timing of your blog is serendipitous. It’s thrilling to know that Mrs. Madrigal helped to inspire one of Chelsea’s most treasured institutions. There’s been many a time when I’ve wished someone would tape a joint to my door in NYC — so now I know where to go. (Just kidding, Mr. Bloomberg) Thanks for making me feel part of your rich history by telling this tale of Sheldon’s dream. May Chelsea Pines continue to thrive and bring joy to the free spirits who are lucky enough to discover it.

Warm regards,



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