Ryan Murphy on Why He's Bringing THE NORMAL HEART to the Big Screen
Ryan Murphy is a very busy man these days. With three television shows on the air (Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal), he is also working on bringing the Tony-winning The Normal Heart to the big screen. Murphy recently revealed in an interview with Vogue: ' I like people who are like, You know what? I don't care what you think. I have something to say. That's why I like Larry Kramer. That's why I want to do that movie.'
He continued: 'I have something to say: I'm dying. I really relate to that sweet, necessary concept of protest and anarchy.'
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The Normal Heart, which closed on Broadway on July 10, won three 2011 Tony® Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Ellen Barkin) and Best Featured Actor in a Play (John Benjamin Hickey). The play was also honored as this season's Best Revival of a Play by the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards and has received Drama Desk Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Direction of a Play, along with a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller -- as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. First produced by Joseph Papp at New York's Public Theater, the play was a critical sensation and a seminal moment in theater history. So ahead of its time was this play that many of the core issues it addresses - including gay marriage, the healthcare system and, of course, AIDS - are just as relevant today as they were when it first premiered.
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