Landmark Gay play, The Boys in the Band to make Broadway debut lead by all-star Cast

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By TheatreRat

Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells will be seen next spring and summer in Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking gay play, The Boys in the Band, marking its 50th anniversary.

Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, this will be Bomer’s Broadway debut, as well as the play’s. The original 1968 production opened at a small off-Broadway theater in the village and was only scheduled to run five performances, but it literally became an overnight sensation running for more than 1000.

With its unflinching, wickedly funny, but brutally honest portray of how gay men see themselves and each other, The Boys in the Band was the first time mainstream audiences saw gay men as real people and not a stereotype punchline; but  fabulous and flawed, fierce and feeling.

Parsons, Quinto, Bomer, and Rannells will play the roles of Michael, Harold, Donald, and Larry, respectively. Rounding out the cast is Robin de Jesús as Emory, Brian Hutchison as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard, and Tuc Watkins as Hank. The role of Cowboy is TBA.

The production is slated to run April 30-August 12 at the Booth Theatre in New York City and is being is produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone.  Ticket information and on sale date is TBA

Cast in the 1968 production of The Boys in the Band Friedman-Abeles/©NYPL for the Performing Arts

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