Adapted from Mart Crowley’s acclaimed play and reuniting director Joe Mantello with the all-star cast of the Tony-winning, 2018 Broadway production, The Boys in the Band follows a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party in 1968 New York City, only to find the drinks and laughs interrupted when a visitor from the host’s past turns the evening upside down.
In the trailer, which you can watch below, a group of nine gay men gather together for a birthday party in 1960s’ NYC. Jim Parsons’ character suggests as a “game” they each call the one person they truly believe they have loved. And well, let’s just say things get really emotional, really quickly.
The Boys in the Band is star-studded, with Jim Parsons leading an ensemble that includes Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins.
My guess is that there is going to be a major Oscar campaign for Parsons, because he dominates when his is on screen.
Murphy previously told Collider in an exclusive interview that part of what made The Boys in the Band remarkable was that the parts that are gay were actually all played by gay men:
“What I loved about it, it was the first time that I can recall where all the parts that were gay were played by gay men and we were all friends with each other in real life. We all sort of came together and created this great tribute to that play. And I think Joe really directed the hell out of it and it felt very modern. Then to be able to finish it and step away for a little bit, and then come back and film it, and make it even deeper and more cinematic, which it is, I think it’s really extraordinary.”
Watch The Boys in the Band trailer below.