The Boys in the Band

by  Mart Crowley

Full Length Play, Drama  /  9m

This seminal work of the Off Broadway movement premiered in 1968 and was a long-running hit onstage, later filmed with the original cast. In 2010, the play made a triumphant return to New York City in an highly praised production produced by Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Transport Group.


Read more +

The Boys in the Band

by  Mart Crowley

License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Coming to Broadway in April 2018 for it's 50th Anniversary!

This seminal work of the Off Broadway movement premiered in 1968 and was a long-running hit onstage, later filmed with the original cast. In 2010, the play made a triumphant return to New York City in an highly praised production produced by Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Transport Group.

In his upper eastside Manhattan apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-awoved "32 year-old, pock-marked, Jew fairy", complete with surprise gift: "Cowboy" a street hustler. As the evening wears on, fueled by drugs and alcohol, bitter, unresolved resentments among the guests come to light when a game of "Truth" goes terribly wrong.

Read more +

Reviews

REVIEWS

"A play of real substance, one that deserves to be performed not occasionally but regularly.–The Wall Street Journal

"...terrifically thoughtful...The Boys in the Band emerges remarkably universal."-NY1

"...deliriously delicious..."–Gay City News

"The Boys in the Band... goes from wittily !@#$%^&* to heartbreakingly brutal..."–Out Magazine

"Witty, !@#$%^&*, revelatory and dazzlingly entertaining...the excoriating wit is still there."–New York Post

"Humor is still on key in this poignant, sparkling revival of a landmark gay play...the star of the evening is the play itself solidly built, still moving and enormously entertaining."–New York Daily News

"This is a play that takes the homosexual way of life totally for granted and uses this as a valid basis for human experience...the power of the play is the way in which it remorselessly peels away the pretensions of its characters."–The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Apartment the East Side in New York City. 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

9m
MICHAEL - thirty, average face, smartly groomed.
DONALD - twenty-eight, medium blond, wholesome American good looks.
EMORY - thirty-three, small, frail, very plain.
LARRY - twenty-nine with a starkly simple sense of individual style and color in his clothes. Dark eyes, dark hair, extremely handsome.
HANK - thirty-two, tall, solid, athletic, attractive.
BERNARD - twenty-eight, African-American, tall, gaunt, nice-looking, dressed in Ive-League clothes.
COWBOY - twenty-two, light blond, muscle-bound, too pretty.
HAROLD - thirty-two, dark, lean, strong limbs, unusual face.
ALAN - thirty, aristocratic Anglo-Saxon features.
See all +

Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Multicultural casting

More

Authors

Mart Crowley

Mart Crowley

The Boys In the Band was first presented at Theatre Four in New York City on April 14, 1968. It was directed by Robert Moore.

Now Playing

Community Experiences