The Boys in the Band (2018 Revised Version)
by Mart Crowley
Full Length Play, Drama / 9m
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances. It was subsequently made into a feature film with the original cast, directed by Academy Award-winner William Friedkin.
In 2018, The Boys in the Band made its Broadway debut at the Booth Theatre in an unprecedented production featuring a cast of entirely out-and-proud gay actors. "Its reappearance now is a triumph of liberation." -Jesse Green, The New York TimesThis is the 2018 revised version that was used for the play's Broadway premiere. The original version of the play is also available for licensing.
In his Upper East Side apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-avowed “thirty-two-year-old, pockmarked, 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.
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances. It was subsequently made into a feature film with the original cast, directed by Academy Award-winner William Friedkin. In 2018, The Boys in the Band made its Broadway debut at the Booth Theatre in an unprecedented production featuring a cast of entirely out-and-proud gay actors. This new edition contains both the original two-act script and the one-act Broadway version, as well as an introduction by celebrated playwright Tony Kushner.
“A drama that marked a turning point in the American theater.”–Peter Marks, The Washington Post "A play of real substance, one that deserves to be performed not occasionally but regularly." – The Wall Street Journal
“One of the few plays that honestly helped spark a social revolution.” –Associated Press
“One of the most effective American plays of the past half-century.” –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
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: 1960s
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: Apartment, the East Side in New York City.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
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.
- All Male
- Multicultural casting
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.