The hit Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band is coming to Netflix, thanks to Ryan Murphy, Deadline reports. Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, and the rest of the Broadway cast will return for a film version of the celebrated queer stage play. Joe Mantello, who directed the stage revival, will also direct Netflix’s adaptation.
In addition to the main cast, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Brian Hutchison will all return for the film.
“Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event,” Murphy wrote on Instagram.
He continued, “The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley's seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud...and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart's landmark play. The entire Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the film. I can't wait to be on set with Joe and Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison. I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.”
The Boys in the Band will be produced under Ryan Murphy’s sweeping Netflix deal, and is the second musical project he’s announced in as many weeks. Last week, Murphy revealed that he’ll adapt Broadway smash-hit The Prom for the streaming service at a special performance of the musical.
"I'm really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump,” Murphy said from the show’s stage. “I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting."