BREAKING NEWS: You're invited to the ultimate party in the comfort of your own homes. It has just been announced that Netflix will officially release the highly anticipated filmed adaptation of The Boys in the Band (based on the recent Tony winning revival) next month. Under the direction of Tony winner Joe Mantello and produced by Ryan Murphy, it will be available for streaming starting September 30th, 2020.

In case anyone doesn't know or may not remember, THE BOYS IN THE BAND is a play written in 1968 by Mart Crowley. It tells the story of a group of gay men that gather for a birthday party in New York City. Along the way, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, bringing to light self-inflicted heartache and identity crises. The play itself was considered a groundbreaking smash hit in its portrayal of gay life…. both unapologetically and without judgment. Overall, it was one of the first major plays that presented a story centered on homosexuals.

The play originally premiered Off Broadway in 1968 at Theater Four where it ran for 1,004 performances. Under the direction of Robert Moore, the original cast was led by….

Kenneth Nelson as "Michael",
Peter White as "Alan McCarthy",
Leonard Frey as "Harold",
Cliff Gorman as "Emory",
Frederick Combs as "Donald",
Laurence Luckinbill as "Hank",
Keith Prentice as "Larry",
Robert La Tourneaux as "Cowboy",
and Reuben Greene as "Bernard".

The production had a full set of replacements later on during the run.

The original production was well received by critics and Theatergoers everywhere. The production went on to recieve an Obie Award for Best Distinguised Performance (for Cliff Gorman).

It was later revived Off Broadway TWICE. The first Off Broadway revival happened in 1996 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre running for 88 performances. Under the direction of Kenneth Elliott, this cast was led by….

David Drake as "Michael",
Robert Bogue as "Alan McCarthy",
David Greenspan as "Harold",
James Lecesne as "Emory",
Christopher Sieber as "Donald",
David Bishins as "Hank",
Sean McDermott as "Larry",
Scott Decker as "Cowboy",
and William Christian as "Bernard".

The revival won an Obie Award in 1997 for Best Performance (for David Greenspan).

The last major OFF Broadway revival of the play happened in 2010 by the Transport Group playing in a penthouse in Chelsea for a 2 month engagement. Under the direction of Jack Cummings III, this cast was led by….

Jonathan Hammond as "Michael",
Kevin Isola as "Alan McCarthy",
Jon Levenson as "Harold",
John Wellmann as "Emory",
Nick Westrate as "Donald",
Graham Rowat as "Hank",
Christopher Innvar as "Larry",
Aaron Sharff as "Cowboy",
and Kevyn Morrow as "Bernard".

Most recently, THE BOYS IN THE BAND made its long awaited debut ON BROADWAY in 2018…. the 50th Anniversary of the play's debut. It was a critically acclaimed production that played Broadway's Booth Theatre for a complete total of 119 performances. With the success of this production, the full cast and creative team have all reunited to film this upcoming Netflix film adaptation of the play. Under the direction of Joe Mantello, this Broadway / Film cast consists of….

Emmy winner Jim Parsons as "Michael",
Brian Hutchinson as "Alan McCarthy",
Emmy nominee Zachary Quinto as "Harold",
Tony nominee Robin De Jesus as "Emory",
Golden Globe winner Matt Bomer as "Donald",
Tuc Watkins as "Hank",
Tony nominee Andrew Rannells as "Larry",
Charlie Carver as "Cowboy",
and Michael Benjamin Washington as "Bernard".

This Broadway debut of BOYS IN THE BAND was nominated for 2 Tony Awards in 2019. It took home 1 and the big Award of the evening….. BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY.

In addition, this will also mark as the 2nd filmed version of THE BOYS IN THE BAND. The original film was released in 1970 from National General Pictures. Under the direction of William Friedkin, the filmed starred the play's original cast. That consisted once again of….

Kenneth Nelson as "Michael",
Peter White as "Alan McCarthy",
Leonard Frey as "Harold",
Cliff Gorman as "Emory",
Frederick Combs as "Donald",
Laurence Luckinbill as "Hank",
Keith Prentice as "Larry",
Robert La Tourneaux as "Cowboy",
and Reuben Greene as "Bernard".

The film was shot on location in New York City including an Opening scene that takes place at the famous Julius bar…. one of the oldest gay bars in New York City. For anyone who plans on attending our PIANO BAR PUB CRAWL Walking Tours, we start there.

Who is excited for this new film?!!!

The Boys in the Band Netflix Adaptation, With Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, More, Sets September Release | Playbill

The full cast of the 2018 Tony-winning revival returns for the Joe Mantello-directed movie.

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