Ryan Murphy today announced the cast of his The Boys in the Band revival, and it’s full of famous, openly gay actors we love.
Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells will star in the Broadway production, which is slated to begin previews in April 2018 and play for 15 weeks.
“The significance of The Boys In The Band cannot be underestimated,” Murphy said in a statement. He will produce alongside David Stone. Joe Mantello (Wicked, Take Me Out) will direct.
The Boys in the Band is a play by Mart Crowley. The off-Broadway production, directed by Robert Moore, opened on April 14, 1968, at Theater Four, where it ran for more than 1,000 performances.
It was later adapted into a film and is among the first major American motion pictures to revolve around gay characters. It’s often cited as a milestone in the history of queer cinema.
During the play, which is set in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Harold celebrates his birthday party, thrown by six of his closest friends. He becomes increasingly morose about losing his youthful looks and feels he can no longer can attract cute young men.
“In 1968, Mart Crowley made theatrical history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest, and wickedly funny play.” said 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.”
Also in the cast of the Boys in the Band revival are Robin De Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins. The key role of Cowboy, an attractive, blond prostitute who is “not too bright” and is one of Harold’s presents, remains to be filled.