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The Boys in the Band begins performances on Broadway
The star-studded Broadway production of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band begins previews at the Booth Theatre tonight.
The boys are back in town! The 50th Anniversary production of Mart Crowley's landmark 1968 play The Boys in the Band begins previews at Broadway's Booth Theatre tonight, ahead of an official opening on May 31 and a strictly limited 15-week engagement through to August 12, 2018.
Direced by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, the cast of The Boys in the Band includes Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons (as Michael), Emmy Award nominee Zachary Quinto (as Harold), Golden Globe winner Matt Bomer (as Donald), two-time Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells (as Larry), Charlie Carver (as Cowboy), two-time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesús (as Emory), Brian Hutchison (as Alan), Michael Benjamin Washington (as Bernard), and Tuc Watkins (as Hank).
Synopsis: "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 judgement – in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them."
The comic-drama originally premiered off-Broadway at the Playwrights' Unit in April 1968. After an initial intended run of just five performances, The Boys in the Band quickly gained a cult following, transferred to Theater Four on West 55th Street and ran for over 1,000 performances. Celebrity patrons during that period included the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Rudolf Nureyev, and Groucho Marx. The entire original off-Broadway cast also performed the play to great acclaim in London and were immortalised in William Friedkin's 1970 film adaptation.
The Boys in the Band is produced on Broadway by Ryan Murphy and David Stone.
The Boys in the Band Tickets are available now for performances through to August 12, 2018.