The Cast Of ‘The Boys In The Band’ Revival Discuss The Play’s Legacy In New Trailer
An A-list gay cast is set to headline a 15-week revival of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking 1968 play The Boys In The Band, which centers on a group of gay men who gather for a friend’s birthday party…
A brand new trailer for Broadway’s upcoming revival of The Boys In The Band has been released ahead of its April debut.
The clip features Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Michael Benjamin Washington, Andrew Rannells and Charlie Carver, as they join director Ryan Murphy and playwright Mart Crowley to discuss the play’s legacy.
Also starring are Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins. Ryan Murphy is bringing the play to New York to the Booth Theatre to mark its 50th anniversary, and is producing the revival alongside David Stone, with Joe Mantello as director.
The Boys In The Band made waves when it premiered off-Broadway in April 1968. The play, originally scheduled to run for five performances, was an overnight sensation and went on to run for over 1,000 performances drawing the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Groucho Marx, and Rudolf Nureyev, among many others. It was later adapted into William Friedkin’s highly-acclaimed 1970 film.
From the producers of The Boys In The Band revival:
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 judgement – in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them.
“The significance of The Boys In The Band cannot be underestimated. In 1968, Mart Crowley made theatrical history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest, and wickedly funny play,” said Murphy. “The play was groundbreaking in its exploration of how gay men treated each other and how they were made to feel about themselves. And while some attitudes have thankfully shifted, it’s important to be reminded of what we have overcome and how much further we still have to go.”
David Stone adds, “Everything has changed. And nothing has changed.”