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Netflix Boys in the Band Remake to Feature Entire Broadway Revival Cast

Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and more will bring their performances to the small screen.

The Boys in the Band will perform a special midnight performance benefiting the Actors Fund.
A scene from Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band at the Booth Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

A new film version of Mart Crowley's landmark 1968 drama The Boys in the Band is in the works at Netflix, featuring the entire company of the 2018 Broadway revival. Shooting will begin in mid-July for a release in 2020.

Produced by Ryan Murphy, David Stone, and Ned Martel, the film will be directed by Joe Mantello, who helmed the stage production, and will feature Jim Parsons (Michael), Zachary Quinto (Harold), Matt Bomer (Donald), Andrew Rannells (Larry), Charlie Carver (Cowboy), Robin De Jesús (Emory), Brian Hutchison (Alan), Michael Benjamin Washington (Bernard), and Tuc Watkins (Hank).

Crowley's 1968 comic drama centers on a group of gay men who gather in a NYC apartment for a friend's birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity.

The stage company reprising their roles onscreen is in keeping with tradition; the entire original cast of the play reprised their performances in the original film, which was directed by William Friedkin.