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The Broadway cast of The Boys in the Band

Charlie Carver completes the Broadway cast of The Boys in the Band

The "Teen Wolf" and "The Leftovers" star will play Cowboy in the 50th Anniversary production on Broadway.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone have announced that Charlie Carver completes the cast of the 50th Anniversary production of Mart Crowley's landmark 1968 play The Boys in the Band. Carver is set to make his Broadway debut as Cowboy in the play, which also marks its debut on the Great White Way.

Probably best known for his TV roles on "The Leftovers," "Teen Wolf," and "Desperate Housewives," and for his film role in "I Am Michael," Carver joins previously announced cast members 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), two-time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesús (as Emory), Brian Hutchison (as Alan), Michael Benjamin Washington (as Bernard), and Tuc Watkins (as Hank).

Direced by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, the strictly limited 15-week engagement will run at Broadway's Booth Theatre from April 30 through to August 12, 2018, with an official opening night set for May 31, 2018.

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.

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