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All-Star, All-Gay Revival Of "The Boys In The Band" Opens Tonight

Instinct recently shared Matt Bomer’s nearly naked mishap during the previews of the Broadway revival of The Boys In The Band, the iconic homocentric play by Mart Crowley.

To recap, Bomer forgot to check his props before a preview performance and after showering onstage realized he had no towel to cover himself with. But being the pro that he is, Bomer soldiered on through the scene wearing just his wet, tight white briefs.

Now, the 50th anniversary production, which opens tonight on The Great White Way, has released several promotional photos - including one of Bomer in those very tight, white briefs.

The Boys in the Band is rightfully considered a landmark as the first mainstream play to explore gay men’s lives onstage, without filter or judgement. Premiering off-Broadway in 1968 in New York City, this was all before the Stonewall riots which launched the gay rights movement.

The comic drama became an instant sell-out and ran for over 1,000 performances.

The movie adaptation, released in 1970 featuring the original stage cast, continues to be a milestone in queer cinema. 

From The Hollywood Reporter:

First produced in 1968, Crowley's biting comedy drama is a groundbreaking work among pre-Stonewall depictions of LGBTQ characters, chronicling the fun and frictions that emerge when a group of gay male friends gather for a boozy birthday party in New York City. The play is loved and loathed to an equal extent, with some calling it a perpetuation of negative bitchy stereotypes and others hailing it as a breakthrough in its intimate exploration of the attitudes and behavior of gay men at a time when cultural representation was minimal.

With direction by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello (Wicked, Assassins), the new production features an all-gay, star-studded cast led by Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells.

Also starring in the play are Charlie Carver, Michael Benjamin Washington, Brian Hutchison, Robin de Jesus, and Tuc Watkins.

The limited 15-week run of the production is being produced by Wicked’s David Stone and out TV producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, GLEE)

Check out the newly-released pics below. Click here for the official website.

Matt Bomer Takes To The Broadway Stage In Just Wet Underwear

Magic Mike/White Collar star Matt Bomer dropped by The Tonight Show recently to chat on his Broadway debut in the revival of the gay-themed play, The Boys in the Band.

Bomer shared with Jimmy Fallon how during one of the performances of the play he didn’t check his props. That prop in question would be the towel he is supposed to wear after a shower onstage.

“My character takes a shower within the first five minutes of the play,” the handsome actor explained. “And I realized there was no towel for me when I got out of the shower.”

Bomer realized he had two options: either do the rest of the scene naked or put his underwear back on his soaking wet body.

Apparently, the wet underwear got the nod which means everyone won!

Bomer also shares that he’s taking his soon-to-be 13-year-old son Kit to the Tony Awards this year. It’ll be the teen’s first awards show, but he assured his dad, “I know there’ll be a lot of people there but I don’t crack under pressure.”

In a sign Kit has been around show biz, he did add, “But, is someone going to do my hair?”

Clearly, the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree…

Watch the segment below.

A Look Inside Broadway's All-Star "The Boys In The Band"

As the old saying goes, "You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been."

And so, CBS' Sunday Morning took a deep dive into the upcoming 50th anniversary Broadway revival of Mort Crowley's groundbreaking play about New York City gay life in the 1960s, The Boys in the Band.

Premiering in 1968, the play was the first time a mainstream theater audience got a glimpse of what it was like to be gay. Using a birthday party as the setting, Crowley wrote characters who were unabashedly ho-mo-sex-u-al.

The same year Crowley wrote The Boys in the Band, CBS News aired a report on homosexuality that announced, "Americans consider homosexuality more harmful to society than adultery, abortion, or prostitution."

The attacks didn't come from just outside the gay community though.

In the era of the Stonewall riots, the community turned on the play and the playwright saying the production cast gay men in a negative, "self-hating" light.

Still, as history can attest, the play became a cultural sensation, ran for over 1,000 performances and was made into a major motion picture. Crowley returned to Hollywood where, among other things, became the head writer of 1970s TV series like ABC's Hart To Hart.

And now, instead of being attacked, the play is being celebrated by the LGBTQ community.

The new revival, directed by 2-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), stars one of television's highest paid actors, Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory). The entire cast is a "who's who" of successful, out gay actors including Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Carver and Andrew Rannells.

Currently in previews, the production will have a limited run through August 11 only.

For more info and tickets, head over to the official website at BoysInTheBand.com.

 

 

Almost Ready: 'The Boys in the Band' Broadway Cast Share First Group Photo

The Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band is less than a month away, as the curtains officially go up on April 30th at the iconic Booth Theatre in New York City. Two-time Tony award winner Joe Mantello is set to direct this legendary play, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of its original premiere on Broadway back in April of 1968.

The show 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.

It eventually was adapted into a movie back in 1970 that starred Kenneth NelsonLeonard Frey and Cliff Gorman.  The film has a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned Kenneth a Golden Globe nomination. 

The new cast, which includes A-list stars like Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons, shared a group shot of them doing rehearsals in Los Angeles yesterday.  

 

The party is just getting started... #BoysintheBand starts previews April 30th.

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Also featured in the group shot are fellow stars Charlie Carver, Michael B. Washington, Robin De Jesus, Tuc Watkins and Brian Hutchinson.  Given that we are in Tony Awards season (June 10th, 2018 is the official date for this year's ceremony), there is little to no doubt that this show will receive a ton of love when the nominations are announced this May.

Will you be seeing The Boys in the Band revival?  Let us know your thoughts!