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TimeOut: Originally staged a year before the Stonewall riots, groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band is finally Broadway bound

TimeOut: Originally staged a year before the Stonewall riots, groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band is finally Broadway bound

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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Categories 7 For All Mankind

Matt Bomer Stars in New Campaign for 7 For All Mankind

Matt Bomer Stars in New Campaign for 7 For All Mankind

Matt Bomer is one of 10 dynamic icons from all corners of the industry starring in the new spring 2018 campaign for 7 For All Mankind. His ad features his handwritten quote, “Don’t be afraid to go down the rabbit hole.” The official website has also a page dedicated to him, with some other quotes.

Watch the campaign below, and also check pictures added in our gallery.

Categories Other Projects

Matt Bomer Directorial Debut at American Crime Story – Creator/Destroyer

Matt Bomer Directorial Debut at American Crime Story – Creator/Destroyer

The American Crime Story episode Matt made his directorial debut, Creator/Destroyer, aired last March 13. FX released a video with some behind-the-scenes look of Matt on set, which you can watch below:

Matt also gave several interviews about his work behind the cameras.

TVLine – “I wanted the producers to know I was taking this seriously, that they weren’t just putting the camera in the hands of somebody who was just hoping to cruise by,” he says. “I called my representatives who were talking about acting jobs, and I told them, ‘Put everything on hold. This is what I’m doing, this is it.’”

Bomer’s episode chronicles Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan’s radically different upbringings, showing how “success brought out the worst in Andrew and the best in Gianni.”

“We want to see [Andrew] as a three-dimensional human being,” Bomer says, “but the real challenge of this episode is: Can we sympathize with a monster and see that he was also a victim? We’re all ultimately responsible for the decisions we make and the actions we take, but this is someone who was near to violence at a very young age, who was treated like a spouse by both his mother and his father. The central question of this episode is: What makes one person a creator and one person a killer?”

VarietyWhat was the biggest thing you learned about directing by working on “Versace”?

I think I learned my process — or at least the beginnings of my process, which is a huge thing. Now I know I can do it. The first cut was 90 minutes, which we shot in 12 days, which is a lot — a lot! We had to cut it down to 60 minutes. But I think a huge part of it is just getting it done that first time, and I’m so lucky that I was able to rely on the DGA, to rely on professionals in the industry who were generous enough to say, “Here’s how to do it.” I read all of these books, and I kind of created my own way to approach a scene. A lot of it is the script you’re given, and you have to develop a technique, and this was a safe environment in which to do [that] because I had worked with so many of these people before, and I knew the talent they had.

With a 90-minute director’s cut of the episode, was there anything you wish you could have left in?

There was a scene with older Gianni and his mother, and it was really beautiful, but it kind of came in toward the end after we hadn’t seen him for two or three acts. All of a sudden he was there, and it sort of took us out of the story we were so invested in with Andrew getting to Manila and getting to his father. And at a certain point you have to whittle down to what serves the theme the most.

He also talked about his other projects with USA Today while promoting Versace:

USA TodayQ: In April, you’ll be on Broadway for a 50th-anniversary presentation of The Boys in the Band, a 1968 play about a group of gay men produced by Murphy and also starring Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells.

Bomer: This is an important piece of our history. A lot of my LGBT history started with the AIDS movement, ACT UP and Torch Song Trilogy. I didn’t know about pre-Stonewall (1969) gay life because so much was in the shadows. (Boys) isn’t about all gay people in the 1960s, but a specific group on this night. You have to understand there was an incredible amount of turmoil, frustration, anger and self-loathing built up because they were told by society they were not equals. They could not even dance together in public without being arrested. … It’s important to remember how far we’ve come, the fact that it’s an entirely openly gay cast of actors telling the story now, which would have been unimaginable 50 years ago.

Q: You squeezed in two film roles in recent months, too?

Bomer: Vulture Club is about a woman (Susan Sarandon) whose (journalist) son is taken hostage by the Taliban. She discovers a group called the Vulture Club that is there to help her find different avenues to bring him home. I play a foreign correspondent who is close to her son and spearheads the campaign. … Papi Chulo is about loneliness. I play a Los Angeles weatherman who has a nervous breakdown on camera and then ends up forming an unlikely friendship with a migrant worker. It’s a dark comedy, moments of real pathos and moments of just comedy.

Some promotionals, screen captures and on set images has been added to the gallery:

Categories Todd Snyder

Matt Stars “Todd Snyder” Spring Campaign

Matt Stars “Todd Snyder” Spring Campaign

Matt is, once again, the face of the Todd Snyder campaign. The Spring ‘18 collection was launched two days ago and it features Matt in an “On The Road” themed shoot. It was once again photographed by the talented Matthew Brookes and you can find the pictures added in our gallery.

Categories The Boys in the Band

“The Boys in The Band”: Get Tickets Now!

“The Boys in The Band”: Get Tickets Now!

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.”

Categories The Boys in the Band

Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and More to Lead ‘The Boys in the Band’ on Broadway

Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and More to Lead ‘The Boys in the Band’ on Broadway

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.

Categories Other Projects

American Crime Story Gets Premiere Date, Matt To Debut Directing

American Crime Story Gets Premiere Date, Matt To Debut Directing

FX announced today the premiere date of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story: Wednesday, January 17, 10 PM.

The 10-episode Versace examines the shocking July 1997 assassination of Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by sociopath and serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss). Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin also star.

Matt Bomer will make his directorial debut, according to TV Line, on episode 8.

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Matt Bomer Stars New “Todd Snyder” Fall Campaign

Matt Bomer Stars New “Todd Snyder” Fall Campaign

Matt Bomer is starring the new Fall campaign of Todd Snyder, that was released this week.

Five years ago Bomer reached Snyder on his first CFDA Awards. “He came up to me and said to me, ‘Hey I love your stuff. I was just blown away, obviously I’m a huge fan of his. Honestly, I don’t know if I said anything, I was a bit speechless.”

Over the next few years, the designer cultivated a relationship with the actor, who, he noted, had been a longtime customer of his brand. So when Snyder asked Bomer to appear in his fall campaign, it felt natural. The game plan for the photo shoot, he explained, was for Bomer to simply be himself.

“We wanted to tell our brand’s story through other people and Matt is someone who has great values and he’s a family man. He just fits our guy and who we want to be inspired by. And obviously he’s good-looking.”

Snyder said Bomer didn’t shave for four days to make the photos.

“So often [Bomer] looks almost perfect on screen, and I think he really likes the idea of looking more like he does every day. I’m sure he’s been told he’s beautiful so many times that I would think it would get annoying.”

Watch the campaign videos below, and head over our gallery to see the beautiful campaign, shot by Matthew Brookes.

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Comedy Central’s Junketeers with Matt Bomer

Comedy Central’s Junketeers with Matt Bomer

Matt did a cameo in a Comedy Central’s Junketeers episode, titled Danny Boy. Junketeers is a eight-episode series created and produced by Josh Horowitz, a longtime MTV News correspondent, and Ben Lyons, a former correspondent at E! and Extra, and stars Brian Unger, Barak Hardley, Austin Lyon, Phil Augusta Jackson and Amanda Lund as self-absorbed Hollywood reporters struggling to extract quotes from movie stars.

Each 5-minute episode of “Junketeers” centers on the five journos hitting the junket circuit, with the series featuring cameos by Josh Duhamel, Kristen Bell, Gillian Jacobs, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eli Roth, Emily Ratajkowski, Tom Felton and Matt Bomer. All episodes are available on their youtube channel.