The Boys in the Band has found its Cowboy.
Out actor Charlie Carver has joined the star-studded Broadway production of The Boys in the Band, set to premiere April 30, 2018.
The previously announced cast includes Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Jim Parsons who will portray the flamboyant group of friends who have gathered for their friend, Harold’s, birthday party. At the time of the cast announcement the role of Cowboy, a hunky hustler presented by one of the guests as a gift to birthday boy Harold, had yet to be filled.
Bomer and Carver will be making their Broadway debuts in the production. Carver is known for his roles on Teen Wolf, The Leftovers and When We Rise. He came out in 2016.
The revival will be directed by Joe Mantello and produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone. News of Murphy possibly bringing The Boys in the Band to Broadway was announced when the TV auteur optioned the rights to the play back in June.
“The significance of The Boys in the Band cannot be underestimated,” said Murphy in a statement. “In 1968, Mart Crowley made theatrical history by giving voice to gay men onstage, in this uncompromising, blisteringly honest and wickedly funny play.”
“The play was groundbreaking in its exploration of how gay men treated each other and how they were made to feel about themselves. And while some attitudes have thankfully shifted, it’s important to be reminded of what we have overcome and how much further we still have to go.” Stone added, “Everything has changed. And nothing has changed.”
When it 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, it’s been embraced both for its humor and for chronicling the emotional hardship of being gay in a world that has no use for homosexuals. As Michael famously says in the show, “Show me a happy homosexual, and I’ll show you a gay corpse.”
The new Broadway production will begin a limited 15-week engagement on April 30 running through August 12, the official opening is scheduled for May 31.