The Boys in the Band are coming back!
The Broadway play — a revival of the 1968 gay classic about a queer dinner party that goes off the rails — is being adapted into a film by Netflix and being produced by Ryan Murphy, the producer revealed in a Wednesday post on Instagram.
The production will reunite the play's director, Joe Mantello, with the 2018 Broadway cast, who will be reprising their original roles: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Brian Hutchison.
"The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley's seminal work," Murphy wrote in the caption of the Instagram post. "Everyone in the cast was out and proud...and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart's landmark play."
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.
The Boys in the Band will premiere on Netflix in 2020 and will also be produced by David Stone and Ned Martel. The news comes in the wake of the announcement that Murphy will produce a film version of another queer Broadway show, The Prom, for the streaming service.
Written by Mart Crowley, Boys first premiered off-Broadway in 1968, and a film version featuring its cast was released in 1970. The revival, marking its 50th anniversary, was staged at the Booth Theatre in New York City for a 15-week run that broke sales records.
While some of the content of Boys felt dated to some viewers — particularly the portrayal of the intense self-hatred of queer men in that era — other themes of stigma resonated with modern-day audiences. Each of the cast members discussed the play's relevance in a 2018 cover story in The Advocate.