The Boys in the Band
About The Boys in the Band
Before there were marches, there was a band.
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the groundbreaking comic drama THE BOYS IN THE BAND will appear on Broadway for the first time ever in a strictly limited 15-week engagement this spring. 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 cast includes four-time Emmy Award winner JIM PARSONS (“The Big Bang Theory,” An Act of God), Emmy nominee ZACHARY QUINTO (Star Trek, “American Horror Story”), Golden Globe Award winner MATT BOMER (The Normal Heart, “White Collar,” Magic Mike) and two-time Tony Award nominee ANDREW RANNELLS (The Book of Mormon, “Girls”), as well as CHARLIE CARVER, ROBIN de JESÚS, BRIAN HUTCHISON, MICHAEL BENJAMIN WASHINGTON and TUC WATKINS. The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner JOE MANTELLO (The Humans, Other Desert Cities, Wicked).
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You’re invited to the chicest (and, by far, the sexiest) party in town! It’s Harold’s birthday, and the boys are ready to celebrate. Set in pre-Stonewall 1968, when it was illegal for homosexuals to gather together in public and being gay was deemed a mental disorder, Michael hosts eight other men at his lush pad on the Upper East Side — including an unexpected guest, his straight college roommate Alan. As the party rages and cocktails flow, the evening takes a nasty turn. With Michael attempting to pry details from his old friend — suggesting that Alan is hiding a past of homosexual affairs — he suggests a game in which each man must call someone he once loved and tell them. A game that does not end very well…
Groundbreaking in its time for unapologetically portraying self-loathing gay men and the struggles they faced in the ’60s, Mart Crowley’s “The Boys in the Band” tackles issues of monogamy, open relationships, superficiality, and, most importantly, living life behind closed doors.
What To Watch For
- Within the first few minutes of the play, Matt Bomer’s character takes a shower onstage — but once, early in the show’s run, he forgot to take a towel with him for when he got out and had to perform the scene in wet underwear!
- The show must go on! Though Jim Parsons fractured his foot during the curtain call of a preview performance, the actor still performed — going onstage with a cane and a boot, which some audience members believed was part of his character.
- The play celebrates its 50th anniversary by making its Broadway debut — “The Boys in the Band” premiered off Broadway on April 14, 1968, at Theater Four.
- All of the nine cast members are openly gay — as well as director Joe Mantello and producer Ryan Murphy.
110 minutes, no intermission
The production is recommended for ages 12 and up. Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted in the theatre.