‘The Boys in the Band’: ‘Engrossing’ 50th anniversary revival boasts star-studded cast led by Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer

The Tony Awards celebrating the 2017-18 Broadway season are still a week away but the derby for next year’s trophies has already begun with the opening of “The Boys in the Band,” the first production of the 2018-19 season. This 50th anniversary revival of the 1968 landmark play by Mart Crowley opened at the Booth Theatre on May 31. Helmed by director Joe Mantello, who competes for Best Direction of a Play at this year’s Tonys for his helming of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women,” “The Boys in the Band” cast includes Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and Andrew Rannells.

Set on a single night in April 1968, “The Boys in the Band” centers on Harold’s (Quinto) birthday party, hosted by Michael (Parsons) for a small group of their gay mutual friends. When two unexpected guests arrive and Michael begins to drink for the first time in a while,
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