“Give me Librium or give me meth!” – The boys are back together again! It was just announced that Mart Crowley’s 1968 play The Boys in the Band– which finger-snapped its way back onto Broadway last year after a 50 year absence– will be adapted for Netflix in 2020. It’s the latest project from Ryan Murphy, who produced the revival alongside David Stone (also attached to the film version with Ned Martel), as the producer-creator continues his new pact with the streaming service.
Says Murphy on Instagram:
“Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event.
The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley’s seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart’s landmark play. The entire Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the film. I can’t wait to be on set with Joe and Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison. I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.”
The still iconic and groundbreaking play follows a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. Ads the evening wears on, everybody’s mask begins to slip, truths are told, beads are read, and there’s heartache and identity crises aplenty. Truly, a must-see.
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