Ryan Murphy is bringing The Boys in the Band to Netflix next year.
The Emmy-winning producer made the announcement on his Instagram Wednesday, April 17. It will feature the entire cast from the 2018 Broadway run of the classic gay play.
“Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth,” Ryan, 53 wrote.
“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.”
Ryan finished the Instagram post with a tease of when fans will get to see this on the popular streaming service. “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 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 was initially an off-Broadway play by Crowley, 83, who also made its sequel The Men From The Boys in 2002.
The play was eventually was adapted into a movie back in 1970 that starred Kenneth Nelson, Leonard Frey and Cliff Gorman. The film has a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned Kenneth a Golden Globe nomination.
The Boys in the Band made its triumphant return to the Broadway stage last year amid the show’s 50th anniversary. It opened in previews at The Booth Theatre on April 30, 2018. The show officially began on May 31 before closing on August 11.