Well, this is a head-scratcher.
The wildly influential but terribly dated play The Boys in the Band is set for limited 15-week Broadway engagement at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street), April 30 – August 12, 2018. Produced by Ryan Murphy (OF COURSE) and David Stone, it will star Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells (among others), as ’60s-era gay men who gather in a NYC apartment for a friend’s birthday party.
via Broadway World:
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.
Says Ryan Murphy:
“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 Ryan 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.”
What a grim thought.
I mean: I’m curious to see how the pre-Stonewall self-loathing bitchiness will play in modern times. I frankly can’t imagine it being relevant to today’s audience-goers, but we shall see. We shall see.
The Boys in the Band premiered off-Broadway in 1968 where it was scheduled to run for five performances at the Playwrights’ Unit. It unexpectedly became the talk of the town, running for over 1,000 performances, and drawing the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Groucho Marx, and Rudolf Nureyev, among many others. The entire original company also appeared in William Friedkin‘s landmark 1970 film version.
(Photos: Pacific Coast News)