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Watch: Get Your First Look at 'The Boys in the Band' Revival with All-Star Gay Cast

Tuesday Jan 23, 2018
The cast of "The Boys in the Band."
The cast of "The Boys in the Band."  (Source:YouTube Still )

The all-star cast for the 15-week Broadway revival of Mart Crowley's seminal 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" got together to discuss the importance of the groundbreaking play, which is notable for its portrayal of gay men.

Producer Ryan Murphy assembled the cast, which includes a number of openly gay actors like Jim Parsons ("Big Bang Theory"), Zachary Quinto ("Star Trek"), Andrew Rannells ("Girls"), Matt Bomer ("White Collar"), Charlie Carver ("Teen Wolf"), Robin de Jesus ("Camp"), Tuc Watkins ("Desperate Housewives"), Michael B. Washington ("Glee") and Brian Hutchinson ("Winter's Tale").

The revival starts this spring at New York City's Booth Theatre and will be directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello.

In a new, the cast explained what drew them to star in "The Boys in the Band."

"What I like so much about 'Boys in the Band' is how the play right now reads so much as, 'Look at how things have changed and look at how they haven't,'" Parsons said.

"We've come so far in the last five years, just legislatively. And yet there's been this explosion of backward thinking and harmful thinking and political ideology that swept our country," Quinto added. "We are responsible for standing up and being acknowledged and celebrating ourselves and celebrating our community in a way that shows these people that are trying to undo the progress that we've made that we are not going anywhere."

"You just have to be reminded of how our freedom didn't exist. We can't lose it. We can't go back. There is no good time to tell it except all times," Crowley said.

Broadway.com's description of "The Boys in the Band" revival reads:

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

A true theatrical game-changer, 'The Boys in the Band' helped spark a revolution by putting gay men's lives onstage, unapologetically and without judgement, in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them.

In the video clip, Bomer said the guys in the play "have this anger that's just boiling to the surface."

"...I think there are a lot of undercurrents of that particular emotion in our society right now," he continued.

Rannells said it's "a great opportunity to show gay people with all sorts of different problems. They're not all the same."

Watch the clip below and click here to learn more about "The Boys in the Band."

[H/T People magazine]

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