The trailer for director Joe Mantello’s new screen adaptation of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band has just made its debut online. The Ryan Murphy produced film version of this classic play that explores internalised homophobia with poignancy and humour, reunites Mantello with the stellar all gay cast of the Tony-winning 2018 Broadway production. Much of William Friedkin’s Golden Globe-nominated 1970 movie adaptation was set in one apartment, but one of the opening scenes was shot on location in New York’s Julius Bar, the site of the historic sip-in and the city’s oldest continually run gay bar. This new trailer reveals Mantello returned to Julius fifty years later for his film version.
The Boys in the Band sees a group of friends gather for a birthday party in honour of the sharp-tongued Harold (Zachary Quinto) at the New York home of Michael (Jim Parsons). Partygoers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Larry (Andrew Rannells), Hank (Tuc Watkins), Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), Emory (Robin de Jesús, who was Tony-nominated for playing the role on Broadway), a hustler hired for the night as Harold’s gift (Charlie Carver) and Michael’s straight-laced college roommate Alan (Brian Hutchison) who shows up unexpectedly.
Watch the trailer below:
The Boys in the Band premieres globally on Netflix on Wednesday September 30th 2020.