McNally adapted his stage play for the big screen in 1976 for director Richard Lester. The R-rated film is 91 minutes.
Set in the Manhattan bathouse, "The Ritz" follows the farcical tale of a Cleveland man on the run from the mob who ducks into the titular gay retreat. He then assumes the guise of a big Broadway producer to avoid being discovered.
The Ritz first played Broadway in 1975 in a production directed by Robert Drivas. F. Murray Abraham, Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller and Rita Moreno starred — the latter winning a Tony Award for her turn as Googie Gomez. (Take a peek back at the original 1975 program with Playbill.com's Playbill Archives feature.)
The comedy was adapted for the 1976 film with the same stars. F. Murray Abraham and Paul B. Price (who also appeared in the Broadway run) were also featured in the movie with Kaye Ballard and Treat Williams.