Breaking: THE BOYS IN THE BAND Will Come to Broadway This Spring with Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells & More!

By: Nov. 01, 2017
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Ryan Murphy and David Stone will present the Broadway debut of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking comic drama, The Boys in the Band, for a strictly limited 15-week Broadway engagement at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street), April 30 - August 12, 2018. This 50th Anniversary production will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.

THE BOYS IN THE BAND will star Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells, as well as ROBIN de JESÚS, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins. The role of "Cowboy" remains to be cast.

Ticketing information and complete design team will be announced in the coming weeks.

Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play, 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 significance of The Boys in the Band cannot be underestimated. In 1968, Mart Crowley made theatrical history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest, and wickedly funny play," said Ryan Murphy. "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."

David Stone adds, "Everything has changed. And nothing has changed."

A sensation when it premiered in April 1968, The Boys in the Band was originally scheduled to run for five performances at the Playwrights' Unit, a small off-Broadway venue. Overnight, the show became the talk of the town for its unflinchingly honest depiction of gay life, and transferred to Theater Four on West 55th Street, drawing the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Groucho Marx, and Rudolf Nureyev, among many others. The play went on to run for over 1,000 performances. The entire original company performed the show to great acclaim in London and also appeared in William Friedkin's landmark 1970 film version.