The Boys in the Band are back!
Uber producer Ryan Murphy announced today, April 17, on Instagram that he will be bringing the classic gay play The Boys in the Band to Netflix, with the entire cast from the 2018 Broadway run reprising their roles.
“Last summer, The Boys in the Band were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth,” Murphy wrote. “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.”
Murphy confirmed the news on his Instagram, but it was actually reporter Michael Musto who first broke the news of the upcoming movie remake in his latest column for NewNowNext.
Matt Bomer and Charlie Carver made their Broadway debuts in the 50th anniversary production alongside Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins, and Michael Benjamin Washington, who will all be returning for the remake. Joe Mantello, who directed last year's Broadway production, will also be back to helm the movie.
“The significance of The Boys in the Band cannot be underestimated,” said Murphy in a statement when the Broadway run was announced. “In 1968, Mart Crowley made theatrical history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest and wickedly funny play.”
“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.” said producer David Stone last year. “Everything has changed. And nothing has changed.”
When it premiered off-Broadway in 1968, audiences were stunned by its unadulterated look at pre-Stonewall gay life. By the 1980s, both the play and William Friedkin’s 1970 film version were rejected by the LGBT community as perpetuating gross gay stereotypes. More recently, it’s been embraced both for its humor and for chronicling the emotional hardship of being gay in a world that has no use for homosexuals. As Michael famously says in the show, “Show me a happy homosexual, and I’ll show you a gay corpse.”
The Broadway production had a limited 15-week engagement last summer, recouping its $3.5 million investment in 11 weeks of performances.
The Boys in the Band isn't the only Broadway show Murphy is brining to Netflix. He also recently announced he adapt the musical The Prom into a "movie event" for the streaming service in 2020.