The party is back on—this time on the small screen. Mart Crowley’s 1968 play The Boys in the Band, which received its Broadway premiere in a starry staging last year, will be adapted for Netflix. The project hails from Ryan Murphy, who produced the revival alongside David Stone (also attached to the film version with Ned Martel), as the producer-creator continues his new pact with the streaming service.
The full cast of the Joe Mantello-helmed Broadway production, including Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer, will reprise their performances. Mantello will also direct the movie, expected to begin production mid-July in Los Angeles and drop on the streaming service in 2020.
In addition to Parsons as Michael, Quinto as Harold, Rannells as Larry, and Bomer as Donald, the company will include Tony nominee Robin De Jesús as Emory, Brian Hutchison as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard, Tuc Watkins as Hank, and Charlie Carver as Cowboy.
The play, considered a seminal piece of queer storytelling in the 20th century, follows a group of gay men who convene in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the evening continues, the cracks beneath their friendships begin to show, bringing to light self-inflicted heartache and identity crises.
The Broadway production opened in May 2018 at the Booth Theatre, where it ran through August 11. It quickly proved itself a box-office success, surpassing its gross potential in most weeks and becoming the first production of the 2018–2019 season to recoup.
Murphy's additional gestating Netflix projects include a screen adaptation of the new musical The Prom, the Ben Platt-led The Politician, a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel series starring Sarah Paulson, and Hollywood, exploring the golden age of movie making.