Last month, Netflix gave us the first glimpses of Ryan Murphy’s forthcoming remake of the 1970 film, The Boys in the Band based on Mart Crowley’s 1968 landmark gay play. With its unflinching, wickedly funny, but brutally honest portray of how gay men saw themselves and each other, it was the first time mainstream audiences saw gay men as real people and not a stereotype punchline; but fabulous and flawed, fierce, and feeling. It was also a year before the Stonewall Riots.
The original production opened at a small off-Broadway theater in the village and was only scheduled to run five performances, but literally became an overnight sensation running for more than 1000. Its success immediately spawning regional and international productions and countless revivals.
Producer, Ryan Murphy brought The Boys in the Band to Broadway for the first time, fifty years later, with an all gay cast receiving rave reviews and the Tony Award. Two years later, with his original cast intact and fifty years after the original film did the same, he’s inviting us to party with the boys. So fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna be a fucked up night.
In the just released trailer, we get to see the wider vision of what Murphy and director, Joe Mantello have in store for us on September 30th when the film comes out.
The Boys in the Band
September 30th on Netflix
Director: Joe Mantello
Writer: Mart Crowley (play)
Producer: Ryan Murphy