When The Boys in the Band opens on the Great White Way this month, it will be one hell of a celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the Off Broadway debut with a hotly anticipated cast that comprises only openly gay actors. Roughly a month out from opening night, however, the troupe has yet to move into the Booth Theatre. They’re not even in New York. Instead, the production has temporarily relocated to Downtown Los Angeles to make life easier for lead Jim Parsons, who’s busy filming The Big Bang Theory. Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, too, is double-booked, recording a voiceover for an upcoming series. Meanwhile, Andrew Rannells (of Girls fame) is about to drop a PBS concert special, and Matt Bomer (Magic Mike) is spending his few available hours with his three kids.
This scheduling madness is one reason why Boys promises to be a treat: There probably won’t be another chance to see together onstage this caliber of actors from Hollywood’s first out-and-proud generation—or at least not anytime soon.
The first of its kind, Mart Crowley’s 1968 drama follows a droll but tortured group of gay men during a birthday gone wrong. (Parsons plays the host and Quinto the birthday boy in an emotionally cramped Upper East Side apartment.) The original production boasted tons of buzz and a 1,000-plus-date Off Broadway run, but Boys wasn’t without its critics. LGBT groups protested the 1970 film adaptation, directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist), citing its dour depiction of gay life. While each actor in the 2018 revival has wrestled with the play, each, too, seems to have evolved alongside his role. For Bomer, who’s making his Broadway debut, Boys has encouraged him to revisit his own coming-of-age. Parsons is forthright in admitting his initial hesitation, while Rannells, the stage veteran of the bunch, is endearingly confident. Quinto, cited by castmates as the most introspective, is just that. As one of the first productions to put queerness front and center, Boys continues to be meaningful, especially for its players. It takes no time for them to start sermonizing on why this historically polarizing story still feels necessary five decades on.
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Hello! First of all, sorry for the lack of updates. Been dealing with some offline stuff, but with everything sorted out, its time to catch up with our Bomerland goodies!
Last November it was announced Matt would be one of the stars part of the production of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking comic drama The Boys in the Band. Tickets sale started on January 20th (on telecharge.com). Performances begins on April 30, with opening date set for May 31th, running until August 12 at New York City’s Booth Theatre.
Mart Crowley’s landmark 1968 play centers on a group of gay men who gather in a NYC apartment for a friend’s birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault-lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. A true theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men’s lives onstage – unapologetically and without judgment – in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them.
The stars reunited last month for a promotional photoshoot, and a video has been released. On it, Bomer talked a little bit about the relevance of the play.
“It’s this group of guys that do have this anger that’s just boiling to the surface. And I think there are a lot of undercurrents of that particular emotion in our society right now.”
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BROADWAY.COM – A star-packed 50th-anniversary production of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking comic drama The Boys in the Band will appear on Broadway in 2018. Emmy nominees Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto, Emmy winner Jim Parsons and two-time Tony nominees Andrew Rannells and Robin De Jesús will lead the play’s first Broadway production, set to play a limited 15-week engagement at the Booth Theatre from April 30 through August 12, with an official opening date to be announced. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct the mounting produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone.
The Boys in the Band centers on a group of gay men who gather in an NYC apartment for a friend’s birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music is turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. A theatrical game-changer when it first opened in 1968, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men’s lives onstage—unapologetically and without judgment—in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them.
Bomer (White Collar) will make his Broadway debut in the role of Donald, with Great White Way veterans Quinto (The Glass Menagerie) as Harold, Parsons (An Act of God) as Michael, Rannells (Falsettos) as Larry and De Jesùs (In the Heights) as Emory. They will be joined by Brian Hutchison (Man and Boy) as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington (La Cage aux Folles) as Bernard and Tuc Watkins (White’s Lies) as Hank.