The party’s over.
The hit Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking drama about a group of gay men who gather for an intimate birthday celebration in 1960s pre-Stonewall Manhattan, played its final performance August 11.
After premiering off-Broadway in 1968, The Boys in the Band was made into a 1970 movie with the play’s original cast. Directed by Joe Mantello and co-produced by Ryan Murphy, the 50th anniversary production starred Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins, and Michael Benjamin Washington.
“We caused quite a heat wave this summer,” posted the show’s official Instagram account, which shared video of the final curtain call and a rousing standing ovation from the audience.
“The significance of The Boys in the Band cannot be underestimated,” said Murphy in a previous statement. “Mart Crowley made theatrical history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest and wickedly funny play.”
“We’ve come so far in the last five years,” said Quinto in the show’s trailer, “and yet there’s been this explosion of backward and harmful thinking and political ideology that’s swept our country. We’re responsible for standing up, being acknowledged and celebrating ourselves and our community.”
Cast members commemorated their final performance by sharing photos, memories, quotes, and other reflective sentiments on Instagram. Some also posted farewell photos of their dressing rooms.
“I can’t believe the time has come to say goodbye,” writes Bomer. “I have loved just about every second I’ve had the pleasure of spending with these 8 men. All of whom brought so much talent and hard work to the stage 8 times a week, and who taught me so much in so many ways. I will miss them all profoundly-this is an experience that I will hold close for the rest of my life.”
“I will miss all involved with @boysbandbway more than I can say… so I won’t try to,” Parsons posts. “But thank you all for being part of such a powerful experience with me—and that includes everyone in the cast, crew and all of you who came to see us.”
“From the table read to what will be our last curtain call together, this has been an experience nothing short of profound,” Carver writes, “eight shows a week with my eight dear boys, filling the up the Booth Theatre with laughter, tears, and the inexplicable power of pride, solidarity, and strength in whatever statement was made.”
See more of the cast’s social media send-offs below.
I can’t believe the time has come to say goodbye. I have loved just about every second I’ve had the pleasure of spending with these 8 men. All of whom brought so much talent and hard work to the stage 8 times a week, and who taught me so much in so many ways. I will miss them all profoundly-this is an experience that I will hold close for the rest of my life. Thank you to Joe Mantello for leading us, and to @mrrpmurphy for giving us all this opportunity. I would especially like to thank the people who came from all over the world to support this play, and us, and who truly made this an unforgettable experience. Thank you for making my first broadway show such an incredible one. Call you tomorrow.
Last day with the Band … From the table read to what will be our last curtain call together, this has been an experience nothing short of profound; eight shows a week with my eight dear boys, filling the up the Booth Theatre with laughter, tears, and the inexplicable power of pride, solidarity, and strength in whatever statement was made. I love you each, have looked up to you with profound respect, and am so proud to have done this alongside you. Thanks to Joe Mantello, our teacher and guide, and to @mrrpmurphy for your audacious vision and support, and to Mart Crowley for taking so much rage and turning it into something so beautiful. Thank you to the many fans from all over the world who came to sit at the window of this little birthday party and share in the joys, shames, and sorrows of these men. We don’t always get to see the ordinary ordinary silliness and private suffering shared between gay men. 1968 feels at once faraway and all too near again – I hope in some small way that stories like The Boys in the Band remind us of the human cost of hate, and help galvanize the heart for whenever Love might sound the call for battle. Fellas, let’s bring the house down ❤️
LET it go on; let the love of this hour be poured out till all the answers are made, the last dollar spent and the last blood gone. Time runs with an ax and a hammer, time slides down the hallways with a pass-key and a master-key, and time gets by, time wins. Let the love of this hour go on; let all the oaths and children and people of this love be clean as a washed stone under a waterfall in the sun. Time is a young man with ballplayer legs, time runs a winning race against life and the clocks, time tickles with rust and spots. Let love go on; the heartbeats are measured out with a measuring glass, so many apiece to gamble with, to use and spend and reckon; let love go on. Carl Sandburg @boysbandbway
Today is the final performance of a landmark play written about a veiled tribe by one of its own. This play has not been easy for me but with the love, strength, talent and resilience of a masterful group of artists I can now say it has been the great theatrical endeavor of my career. I belong to a fraternity of brave men who dare to walk in the center of their lights, no matter the consequences, because it’s necessary to be honest. I’m grateful to know I have a band of brothers who won’t let me fall, be shunned or dare to be ashamed ever again. Thank you to those who came to support and see this tale for yourselves. Our allies make us twice as strong. Here’s to, at least, 50 more years of freedom! @boysbandbway : @brianhutchison3 (and one of @mattbomer just because I love him).
Goodbye, dressing room 1 at The Booth Theater, you’ve been very good to me and provided some decent naps between shows… and thank you to whoever made and sent me the little ornament with a pic of Otis – know that I hung him over my dressing room chair where I also felt he was watching out for me. ❤️❤️
I will miss all involved with @boysbandbway more than I can say… so I won’t try to. But thank you all for being part of such a powerful experience with me – and that includes everyone in the cast, crew and all of you who came to see us. ❤️❤️ oh and thank you, @brianhutchison3 for all the wonderful photos.
The Boys in the Band begin previews April 30 and officially opened May 31 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. The revival recouped its $3.5 million investment in 11 weeks of performances.