Boys will meet Boys.
Through the online fundraising platform Omaze, fans can now enter a contest for the chance to meet the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking drama about a group of gay men in 1960s Manhattan.
One lucky winner and a guest will enjoy premium tickets to the opening night performance, a backstage tour, and VIP passes to the official after-party. Transportation to New York and four-star hotel accommodations are included.
All $10 entry donations benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Matt Bomer and Charlie Carver will make their Broadway debuts in the 50th anniversary production alongside Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Jim Parsons, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins, and Michael Benjamin Washington.
When the play premiered off-Broadway in 1968, audiences were stunned by its unadulterated look at pre-Stonewall gay life. By the 1980s, both the play and William Friedkin’s 1970 film version were rejected by the LGBT community as perpetuating gross gay stereotypes. More recently, The Boys in the Band has been embraced both for its humor and for chronicling the emotional hardship of being gay in a world that has no use for homosexuals.
The Broadway revival, directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, is being produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone. It was announced last June that Murphy had optioned the rights to the play.
“The significance of The Boys in the Band cannot be underestimated,” said Murphy in a previous statement. “In 1968, 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,” says 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.”
“We have to be reminded of how our freedom didn’t [always] exist,” Crowley adds. “We can’t lose it.”
The Boys in the Band begins previews April 30 and opens May 31 at the Booth Theatre for a limited run through August 12.
Watch Parsons and Quinto in the Omaze video below.