Put on your party hat because Netflix has released the first images from its upcoming remake of The Boys in the Band, with the entire cast from the 2018 Broadway run reprising their roles.
“Last summer, The Boys in the Band were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth,” Murphy announced in 2019. “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. I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for The Boys on Netflix in 2020.”
Matt Bomer and Charlie Carver made their Broadway debuts in the 50th anniversary production alongside Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins, and Michael Benjamin Washington, who will all be returning for the remake. Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway production, will also be back to helm the movie.
“The significance of The Boys in the Band cannot be underestimated,” said Murphy in a statement when the Broadway run was announced. “In 1968, Mart Crowley made theatrical history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest and wickedly funny play.”
“The play was groundbreaking in its exploration of how gay men treated each other and how they were made to feel about themselves. And while some attitudes have thankfully shifted, it’s important to be reminded of what we have overcome and how much further we still have to go.” said producer David Stone. “Everything has changed. And nothing has changed.”
As NewNowNext previously reported, Crowley died on March 7 at the age of 84 from complications related to heart surgery.
When it premiered off-Broadway in 1968, audiences were stunned by its unadulterated look at pre-Stonewall gay life. By the 1980s, both the play and William Friedkin’s 1970 film version were rejected by the LGBT community as perpetuating gross gay stereotypes. More recently, it’s been embraced both for its humor and for chronicling the emotional hardship of being gay in a world that has no use for homosexuals. As Michael famously says in the show, “Show me a happy homosexual, and I’ll show you a gay corpse.”
The Broadway production had a limited 15-week engagement last summer, recouping its $3.5 million investment in 11 weeks of performances, and winning the Tony for best revival of a play.
The Boys in the Band will hit Netflix on September 30.