Before there was Dynasty, or Riverdale, or All American, or whatever Millennials are watching now on the CW, there was Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band. The 1968 smash Broadway play introduced audiences to gay camp, humor, and bitter jabs in a story about a group of gay men who reunite for a birthday party in New York City. Crowley’s play became an unexpected hit for putting gay men’s lives front and center on stage with honesty and humor.
In 2018 Joe Mantello brought the play back to audiences, winning a Tony Award for the show; the all star cast included Zachary (Mr. Spock) Quinto, Jim (Big Bang Theory) Parsons, and Matt (Book of Mormon) Bomer. Now, Ryan (Pose) Murphy is producing a film adaptation of the play with same stellar cast and he’s bringing it to Netflix in September. I think this might be a good time to reactivate my Netflix account for one night before canceling it the following day.