Entertainment industry omnipresence Ryan Murphy (it’s just a matter of time before he cuts an album) didn’t have enough to do. The umpteen tv shows and movies he’s creating, producing, doing the costumes and catering on, etc. just wasn’t enough. Playbill reports that Murphy is teaming with Broadway producer David Stone to bring Mart Crowley’s gay dramedy Boys in the Band to Broadway next year. Joe Mantello will direct the play, which will run from April 30 to August 12, 2018.
Ryan’s gathered pretty much ALL of the gay dudes in his regular acting troupe to star. Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannels will all star. In other news, Sarah Paulson has filed a class action lawsuit against Ryan for violating her contract. She was assured she would appear in EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS PRODUCTIONS. You know she played Julia Roberts’ wheelchair in The Normal Heart, right?
The Boys In The Band was an off-Broadway play by Crowley that became a William Friedkin-directed film in 1970. It takes place in one night at the birthday party of a gay guy attended by all his friends. If you’ve never seen it, you should check it out. It’s silly and campy in parts but sobering in others. It wasn’t exactly a pride parade when you were gay back then. Let’s just say my big gay wedding would have been in someone’s basement with blackout curtains if it had taken place at all. Playbill has more info on Ryan’s production:
Each of the four is an alum of Murphy’s TV ventures. Parsons (The Normal Heart), Quinto (American Horror Story), Rannells (The New Normal), and Bomer (The Normal Heart, AHS) will take on the roles of Michael, Harold, Larry, and Donald, respectively, on stage.
The cast will also include Tony nominee Robin De Jesús as Emory, Brian Hutchison as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard, and Tuc Watkins as Hank. The role of Cowboy remains to be cast.
But wherefore art thou, Cheyenne Jackson? Cheyenne’s gay and he’s been in three seasons of American Horror Story. Maybe he was busy? Or maybe Ryan is trying to disassociate himself from the truly kazoo current season of AHS. SPOILER ALERT – No one likes a therapist into clowns who keeps his dead parents in the bedroom.