Joe Mantello (Director The Normal Heart) is about to direct a Broadway show called The Boys in the Band. The show will star Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Matt Bomer (White Collar), and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek).
The producer from Glee, Ryan Murphy, will be teaming up with Wicked’s David Stone to make this performance a success. Variety writes, the new show will revolve around the “unflinching depiction of gay men in pre-Stonewall New York.”
The original 1968 off-Broadway play was a hit as it ran for over 1,000 performances.
Jim Parsons Cast In Boys in the Band
Matt Bomer is fresh off the Amazon series, The Last Tycoon, and he’ll be working with Joe Mantello again. Earlier, the duo worked together on The Normal Heart, which was a television movie about a similar subject.
Bomer will play Donald, one of the characters who will attend the play’s birthday-party gathering. Parsons returns to Broadway after An Act of God, Harvey, and The Normal Heart. Quinto will play Harold, the birthday boy.
Another role, the hustler Cowboy, has not been cast.
Boys in the Band Marks 50th Anniversary
Essentially, this new production of Boys in the Band comes to mark the play’s 50th anniversary. And, it’s actually the second landmark gay drama for Broadway 2018. Also, the National Theater is also set to revive Angels in America with Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield.
Ironically, director Joe Mantello got his start as an actor and he starred in the original Broadway production of Angels in America. Currently, The Boys in the Band is set up for a 15-week run in the Booth Theater.
As listed, the show will be gin on April 30 and last until August 12. But, there has not yet been an announcement for the date of the opening night. Presently, it’s possible that the creators are having trouble arranging dates to the actors’ busy schedules.
Currently, Jim Parsons is working on TBBT, Young Sheldon, A Kid Like Jake, and several other films. Matt Bomer is working on an Elizabeth Taylor-inspired film called Monty Clift and Zachary Quinto is working on the hacker film, We Do Not Forget, plus additional Star Trek sequels.
Finally, the limited run of Steve Martin’s play, Meteor Shower, which stars Amy Schumer, will be wrapping up at the theater on January 21, 2017.
So, do you think Jim Parsons’ inner Sheldon is upset to be working with Quinto, the new Spock?