Ryan Murphy Is Bringing His Broadway Production Of The Boys In The Band To Netflix

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There was much celebrating among Broadway and theatre fans yesterday. Hot on the hells of Ryan Murphy’s announcement last week that he would be bringing the new hit Broadway musical The Prom to Netflix, Murphy dropped another surprise Netflix announcement – he was bringing his successful revival of The Boys in the Band to the streaming service.

Following its successful limited engagement on Broadway last spring and summer, staged for the 50th anniversary of the play’s original production, Murphy took to Instagram to announce the Netflix production:

“Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. 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.”

And there was even more rejoicing for fans who were unable to see last year’s production as the entire cast are reprising their roles. They include Matt Bomer (White Collar), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (Heroes), Andrew Rannells (Girls), Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Brian Hutchison (Madam Secretary), Michael Benjamin Washington (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Robin de Jesús (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), and Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives).

 

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Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. 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. The entire Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the film. I can’t wait to be on set with Joe and Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison. I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.

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Set in an apartment in New York City’s Upper East Side over the course of one evening, The Boys in the Band revolves around a group of gay men who gather for Harold’s (Zachary Quinto) birthday party. It was groundbreaking at the time of its release (1968) for its portrayal of gay life, with the 2018 production lauded for its openly gay cast.

Having wanted to see last year’s production, but unable to get to New York until later in the year, this news was extremely welcome and I am looking forward to getting to see the production, especially Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells.

The Boys in the Band will drop sometime next year.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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