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The Boys in the Band Are Coming to Broadway

The latest stars to sign up for roles in the upcoming Broadway play prove it’s going to be packed full of *ahem* talent.

The Boys in the Band are heading to Broadway this April, and there’s plenty of reasons to be excited.

The play, which was written by Mart Crowley, was first performed in April 1968 at the Theatre Four. Set in an Manhattan apartment, the play shows a house party in celebration of Harold’s birthday. His six closest friends are brought together, where they face a turning point in their lives and consider the potential struggles of growing a year older.

In 1970, the Boys in the Band was turned into a movie. This move has proved to play a significant role in queer history, as it was one of the first major motion pictures from America to revolve around gay characters.

2018’s revival will actually mark the first time the play has been performed on Broadway, where it will be performed from April to August to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original creation.

The play boasts plenty of star power too. The revival will be produced by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy, alongside David Stone, whilst Joe Mantello will serve as director.

The cast will star a whole host of recognisable talent from stage and screen too including Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Charlie Carver, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer.

Speaking of the impact the original show has had on society, Ryan Murphy said:

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.

The show will run from 30th April to 12th August at the Booth Theatre.

Main image via Allen H Freeman Jr (ajrfman on Flickr)

Written by QWEERIST editor

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