Ryan Murphy is Bringing ‘The Boys in the Band’ to Netflix, Starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and More

/Film | 4/21/2019 | Ben Pearson
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Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event. The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley's seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud...and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart's landmark play. The entire Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the film. I can't wait to be on set with Joe and Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison. I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.

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Ryan Murphy, the prolific writer/producer/director of Glee and American Horror Story who signed one of the biggest production deals in television history with Netflix last year, has lined up another project for the streaming service.

He’ll produce a film adaptation of The Boys in the Band, a 1968 play that was revived on Broadway in 2018 with a cast that included Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart), and more. Those actors, and the rest of their co-stars from the Broadway revival, will reprise their roles in the film, which is heading to Netflix next year.

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Written by playwright Mart Crowley, The Boys in the Band was one of the first plays to openly and proudly tell a story about gay men during a time when ignorance, fear, and prejudice precluded a lot of those stories from being told. The plot centers on a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment to celebrate one of their birthdays, and the initially light mood gets progressively nastier as the alcohol flows, culminating in a party game that reveals a hidden truth.

The play originally debuted off-Broadway in 1968, but Murphy was the one who mounted last year’s Broadway revival. Parsons, Quinto,...
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