In the video above, cast members from the upcoming Broadway debut of The Boys in the Band (playing the Booth Theatre April 30–August 12) discuss the significance of Mart Crowley's play in current times.
Zachary Quinto, who will play Harold in the Joe Mantello-helmed production, says, “We're responsible for standing up and being acknowledged and celebrating ourselves and our community in a way that shows these people who are trying to undo the progress we made that we're not going anywhere.”
Robin De Jesús, who takes on the role of Emory, adds, “I would be very happy if the audience just came and saw the show, took a look at it and went, ’That's what we once were, and that's what we cannot be again.’”
The Ryan Murphy- and David Stone-produced staging will also feature Jim Parsons as Michael, Andrew Rannells as Larry, Matt Bomer as Donald, Brian Hutchison as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard, Tuc Watkins as Hank, and Charlie Carver as the Cowboy .
In The Boys in the Band, a group of gay men gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, exposing the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity.
Originally scheduled to run for five performances at a small Off-Broadway venue, The Boys in the Band became an overnight sensation, and—after transferring to a bigger theatre—ran for over 1,000 performances. The show went on to have an acclaimed run in London and was adapted into a film by William Friedkin in 1970.