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Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Booth Theatre was the place to be last night as the company of The Boys in the Band, directed by Joe Mantello and produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone, celebrated the play's 50th anniversary ahead of its official opening tonight, May 31. We're taking you inside the festivities below!

Mart Crowley's fiercely funny and 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.

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.

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Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Laurence Luckinbill, Mart Crowley and Peter White

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Laurence Luckinbill and Peter White

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Peter White

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Robert Wagner and Andrew Rannells

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Robert Wagner and Andrew Rannells

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Robert Wagner and Andrew Rannells

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Andrew Rannells

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Robin De Jesus

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Robin De Jesus

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Robin De Jesus

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Charlie Carver

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Charlie Carver

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Charlie Carver

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Jim Parsons

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Matt Bomer

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Larry Kramer and Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Larry Kramer and Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Matt Bomer

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Larry Kramer, Matt Bomer and Mart Crowley

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Matt Bomer

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Miles McMillan and Zachary Quinto

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Miles McMillan and Zachary Quinto

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Zachary Quinto

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Zachary Quinto

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Brian Hutchison

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Brian Hutchison

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Michael Benjamin Washington

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Michael Benjamin Washington

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Michael Benjamin Washington

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Brian Hutchison and Matt Bomer

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Tuc Watkins

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Tuc Watkins

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Tuc Watkins

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Matt Bomer, Brian Hutchison, Zachary Quinto, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, Charlie Carver, Robin De Jesus, Andrew Rannells and Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Matt Bomer, Brian Hutchison, Zachary Quinto, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, Charlie Carver, Robin De Jesus, Andrew Rannells and Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Matt Bomer, Brian Hutchison, Zachary Quinto, Mart Crowley, Joe Mantello, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, Charlie Carver, Robin De Jesus, Andrew Rannells and Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Matt Bomer, Brian Hutchison, Zachary Quinto, Mart Crowley, Joe Mantello, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, Charlie Carver, Robin De Jesus, Andrew Rannells and Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Zachary Quinto, Joe Mantello and Mart Crowley

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Simon Halls and Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Simon Halls and Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Charlie Carver, Robin De Jesus, Andrew Rannells, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins, Ryan Murphy, Joe Mantello, Michael Benjamin Washington, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Charlie Carver, Robin De Jesus, Andrew Rannells, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins, Ryan Murphy, Joe Mantello, Michael Benjamin Washington, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Charlie Carver, Robin De Jesus, Andrew Rannells, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins, Ryan Murphy, Joe Mantello

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Tuc Wakins and Laurence Luckinbell

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Brian Hutchison, Peter White, Laurence Luckinbell and Tuc Wakins

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Brian Hutchison, Peter White, Laurence Luckinbell and Tuc Wakins

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Brian Hutchison and Peter White

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Peter White

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Matt Bomer, Brian Hutchison, Zachary Quinto, Mart Crowley, Joe Mantello, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington

Photo Coverage: Gang's All Here! The Company of THE BOYS IN THE BAND Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Simon Halls and Matt Bomer

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