Broadway revival The Boys in the Band isn’t pulling any punches. The star-studded cast includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and Matt Bomer. The classic gay drama has been around for 50 years and it doesn’t look like it’s letting up anytime soon.
“We’ve come so far in the last five years,” said Zachary Quinto. “And yet, there’s been this explosion of backward and harmful thinking and political ideology that’s swept our country. We’re responsible for standing up, being acknowledged and celebrating ourselves and our community.”
Playwright Mart Crowley wants to remind gay youth this freedom didn’t always exist. “We can’t lose it,” he said.
Jim Parsons Joins Boys In The Band On Broadway
“We’re going to pound the door in a little bit and show you how we really are,” said producer Ryan Murphy. He wants to make sure that hiding or disguising the fact that someone is gay is no longer an issue.
“It’s this group of guys who do have this anger that is boiling to the surface,” said Matt Bomer. That particular undercurrent isn’t new to storytelling. But, it is something that shouldn’t be ignored or else things will boil over.
This general idea goes all the way back to the film, Network in 1976.
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“What I like so much about Boys in the Band is how the play right now reads so much like, ‘Look at how things have changed and look at how they haven’t,” said actor Jim Parsons.
Since the story is set in the past, many of the actors simply want to remind people that progress moves forward, but it can slow down with nurturing. Therefore, the revival of this play is another effort to push forward momentum.
The play also highlights the fact that being a homosexual man doesn’t mean a person is only one thing. In the play, there are nine different men who are together in spirit, but also individuals.
“I think this is a great opportunity to show gay people with all sorts of problems that are not all the same,” said Andrew Rannells.
Are you looking forward to this play starring The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons?