Like the original 1970 film, Netflix’s The Boys in the Band remake keeps most of the action inside Michael’s West Village apartment, except for the opening scenes showing the guys running around New York City.
One scene depicts Hank (Tuc Watkins) picking up Larry (Andrew Rannells) at Julius’, a historic gay bar in the Big Apple. In a new featurette from Netflix, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew’s takeover of the iconic West Village watering hole.
Rannells and Watkins are familiar to fans of the play, but, as revealed in the new video, keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by The Boys in the Band playwright Mart Crowley. He appears in the background of the scene at the front of the bar having a conversation with fashion designer Paul Marlow.
Cameras also follow Crowley around the corner from Julius’ to the Stonewall Inn, where he recalls hearing about the 1969 uprising while they were filming the original movie—and then reading about the uprising days later buried deep in a copy of The New York Times.
“Certainly The New York Times didn’t cover it as a turning point, shall we say? An event that would define an era of liberation,” Crowley says in the video. “Anyway, it’s nice to be standing in front of it on this beautiful day when we’re shooting around the corner.”
Filming at Julius’ happened to be the day after Crowley’s 84th birthday, so the shoot turned into a birthday celebration for the legendary playwright. Sadly, as NewNowNext previously reported, Crowley died on March 7, 2020, from complications related to heart surgery.
Check out the bittersweet featurette below.