The Netflix film, produced by Ryan Murphy, reunites the entire cast of the Tony-winning Broadway revival.
A group of gay men gather for a birthday party in 1968 New York City, only to find the drinks and laughs interrupted, when a visitor from the host’s past turns the evening upside down.
More than fifty years after Mart Crowley’s play became an unexpected smash hit, for putting gay men’s lives centre stage with honesty and humour, THE BOYS IN THE BAND returns to the screen in a new adaptation that reunites acclaimed director, Joe Mantello, with the all-star cast of the Tony-winning, 2018 Broadway production.
In 1968 New York City – when being gay was still considered to be best kept behind closed doors – a group of friends gather for a raucous birthday party, hosted by Michael (Jim Parsons), a screenwriter, who spends and drinks too much, in honour of the sharp-dressed, and sharp-tongued, Harold (Zachary Quinto).
Other partygoers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Michael’s former flame, now mired in self-analysis; Larry (Andrew Rannells), a randy commercial artist living with Hank (Tuc Watkins), a school teacher who has just left his wife; Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), a librarian tiptoeing around fraught codes of friendship alongside Emory (Robin de Jesús), a decorator who never holds back; and a guileless hustler (Charlie Carver), hired to be Harold’s gift for the night.
What begins as an evening of drinks and laughs gets upended, when Alan (Brian Hutchison), Michael’s straight-laced college roommate, shows up unexpectedly, and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that threaten the foundation of the group’s tight bond.
Director: Joe Mantello
Writers: Mart Crowley and Ned Martel
Based on: The Play The Boys In The Band by Mart Crowley
Producers: Ryan Murphy p.g.a., David Stone, Joe Mantello p.g.a., Ned Martel, Alexis Martin Woodall
Cast: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, Tuc Watkins
Premiering globally on Netflix on 30 September