Ryan Murphy has produced another project for Netflix. This time, it is a feature film adaptation of an award-winning Broadway play, The Boys In The Band. Actors Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Hamilton stage star Andrew Rannells will all reprise their roles from the 2018 Broadway revival. Also starring in the Joe Mantello film, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Robin de Jesus.
In a partnership with Netflix, this is Ryan Murphy’s fourth project with the streaming service following 2019’s series, The Politician, and earlier this year’s limited series, Hollywood. Later this month horror series, Ratched, starring Sarah Paulson will premiere on September 18, just two weeks before the release of The Boys In The Band.
The beloved drama, written by Mart Crowley, made history on Broadway in 1968 featuring a cast of openly gay characters. The story unravels as a party of openly gay men receives an unexpected guest causing the night to undergo several twists and revelations about the party’s guests.
Read Netflix’s more in-depth synopsis of The Boys In The Band here (spoiler alert!):
“In 1968 New York City — when being gay was still considered to be best kept behind closed doors – a group of friends gathers for a raucous birthday party hosted by Michael (Jim Parsons), a screenwriter who spends and drinks too much, in honor of the sharp-dressed and sharp-tongued Harold (Zachary Quinto). Other partygoers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Michael’s former flame, now mired in self-analysis; Larry (Andrew Rannells), a randy commercial artist living with Hank (Tuc Watkins), a school teacher who has just left his wife; Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), a librarian tiptoeing around fraught codes of friendship alongside Emory (Robin de Jesús), a decorator who never holds back; and a guileless hustler (Charlie Carver), hired to be Harold’s gift for the night. What begins as an evening of drinks and laughs gets upended when Alan (Brian Hutchison), Michael’s straight-laced college roommate, shows up unexpectedly and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that threaten the foundation of the group’s tight bond.”
Directed by Joe Mantello and script by Mart Crowley and Ned Martel, the film comes out on Netflix on September 30.