As part of his multi-faceted deal with Netflix Studios, Ryan Murphy will reunite the Broadway cast of the smash hit The Boys In The Band for a special film adaptation of the legendary show. It will star Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory and Andrew Rannells of Showtime’s Black Monday.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Murphy announced his plans for the film on April 17.
Along with Parson and Rannells, also starring in the film are the other stars of the Broadway cast, including Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Brian Hutchison.
“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,” Murphy wrote on Instagram.
The play was reimagined for its 50th anniversary with a limited Broadway run from May 31 to August 11, 2018, for 84 performances, noted Playbill.
The Boys In The Band tells the story of a group of gay men who gather in an NYC apartment for a friend’s birthday party. They begin to arrive one by one and after several drinks, they realize that their friendships are not as perfect as they seem. They expose their true feelings about their lives, their relationships, and effectively, their futures together.
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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. 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.
Rannells also noted the news on his official Instagram page. The actor’s latest work, Showtime’s Black Monday, featured him in the titular role of Blair Pfaff, a trading prodigy who ends up working for a firm named The Jammer Group, which is unlike anything he has ever seen or experienced before. The show details their take on how the New York Stock Market really crashed. The iconic day, known as “Black Monday,” occurred on October 19, 1987.
This is not Murphy’s first foray into the Broadway genre.
Known best for his work on the American Horror Story series for FX and for Fox’s Glee, Murphy recently revealed he would also be bringing what he called “a movie event” of the Broadway hit The Prom to Netflix as well.
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THE PROM is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. It's truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights. I feel a special connection to it because it's set in Indiana, and that's where I grew up, too. I'm thrilled to announce I'm turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix, and I'm bringing producers @billdamaschke and @dori.berinstein and the amazing creative team with me — Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award winner Bob Martin, Tony award nominee @sklarbar73 and Tony Award nominee @Chadbeg. See it first at the Longacre Theatre. It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most showstopping direction, choreography and performances I've ever seen on Broadway. @theprommusical
The Inquisitr recently reported that Murphy announced that he would adopt the show as his first movie project announced under his new Netflix deal.
Deadline reported that Murphy’s Netflix deal is a five-year agreement where he and his company, Ryan Murphy Productions, will produce new series and films exclusively at Netflix. The deal, which is worth $300 million overall per THR, will also feature the Murphy-produced projects Hollywood, Ratched, and The Politician for Netflix.
The Boys In The Band will debut on Netflix in 2020.