Netflix has shared the first trailer for its upcoming film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play The Boys in the Band. The play originally premiered on stage back in 1968 and it became a huge hit. The script for the film was written by Mart Crowley, who is the original creator of the story.
The story centers around a group of gay men who come together for a birthday party in 1968 New York City. The fun is eventually interrupted when a visitor from the host’s past shows up and turns the evening upside down.
The film is filled with a talented cast that includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins. Here’s the synopsis:
In 1968 New York – 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 honor 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 and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that threaten the foundation of the group’s tight bond.
The Boys in the Band was directed by Joe Mantello (Love! Valour! Compassion!) and it will be released on September 30th.