Matt Crowley’s landmark play The Boys in the Band, an important piece of drama that evolved the direction of gay theatre and its inherent themes when it played Off-Broadway in 1968, will make its Broadway premiere for its 50th Anniversary. For a strictly-limited 15-week engagement commencing on April 30, 2018 and concluding on August 12, 2018, a production helmed by two-time Tony-winning director Joe Mantello (Assassins, Take Me Out), The Boys in the Band will play Broadway’s Booth Theatre.
The cast that has been announced for the production is full of Broadway and Off-Broadway favorites including Jim Parsons (Act of God, The Normal Heart) as Arnold, Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie, Angels in America) as Harold, Matt Bomer (film: The Normal Heart, stage: Spring Awakening) as Donald, Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Falsettos, Hamilton) as Larry, Robin de Jesus (In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles) as Emory, Brian Hutchison (Man and Boy, Looped) as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington (Mamma Mia!, La Cage aux Folles) as Bernard, and Tuc Watkins (White Lies, Fortune’s Fools) as Hank.
“The Boys in the Band 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.”
Ticketing information and complete design team will be announced in the coming weeks.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.