Netflix Film The Boys in The Band

Netflix Film The Boys in the Band is an LGBTQ Drama film.  The director of the film is Joe Mantello.  The cast includes Michael (Jim Parsons), Harold (Zachary Quinto), Donald (Matt Bomer), Larry (Andrew Rannells), Cowboy (Charlie Carver), Emory (Robin de Jesús), Alan (Brian Hutchison), Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington) and Hank (Tuc Watkins). The story is based on a group of gay men that gather for a birthday party in 1968 in New York City. The party is interrupted when a visitor from the host’s past turns the evening upside down.

Jim Parsons, on what the film showed him about being gay, then and now:

Telling this story again, with actors who are working right now, may draw certain eyeballs to the film that maybe wouldn’t have checked out the original version. It’s been so long, and we have come so far, and I had the chance to be in both the Broadway version and the movie version of “The Normal Heart” and I felt similarly about it… There are certain historical things that have gone on that are part of your social DNA and you can be a better version of who you are by knowing what and who came before you. If things are better today — and I hope that’s true, worldwide, more every day — it’s because of projects and moments in time like this and you’re just a better person for knowing that

THE BOYS IN THE BAND (2020) Jim Parsons as Michael, Brian Hutchison as Alan and Tuc Watkins as Hank. Cr. Scott Everett White/NETFLIX ©2020
THE BOYS IN THE BAND (2020) Jim Parsons as Michael, Brian Hutchison as Alan and Tuc Watkins as Hank. Cr. Scott Everett White/NETFLIX ©2020

The producers include Ryan Murphy, David Stone, and Ned Martel.  The writers are Mart Crowley and Ned Martel. The film available on Netflix on September 30, 2020.

Mart Crowley, on what he hopes audiences will experience:

Well, it is an entertainment. I hope they laugh. God knows, I mean I’m a person who wants the jokes to work first and foremost almost. You know I sold the play and that bill of goods by couching it as a comedy and the laughs sold it and the laughs lightened it up and made it permissible for the audience to participate. So I hope that they not only laugh at the jokes still and have a good time but I hope that they take the serious content that’s buried underneath to heart

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