“I’ve worked really hard to carve out a career that is separate from my identity as a gay man. And there was a part of me that was just like, I want to go in a different direction. I think what this production does is go in the face of how far we’ve come, and holds a mirror up to the audience and asks them to evaluate how far we still have to go. It’s incredibly relevant that a cast of accomplished, successful, authentic gay men are standing up and giving this seminal work a Broadway production. We’ve all been able to build diverse and satisfying careers for ourselves. The original cast of the play really struggled.”— Zachary Quinto speaking to Vulture about The Boys in the Band, currently running on Broadway at the Booth Theater. The cast also includes out actors Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells and Matt Bomer
I’d love to watch this play with talented and mature gay men.
That being said, I cannot but notice Zachary Quinto’s boyfriend, Miles McMillan, with his million-dollar smile and priceless electrifying eyes. He looks like a work of art; an inspiring masterpiece able to change the life of anyone meeting his gaze.
There are few times I feel sad that I cannot do something, but not being able to go and see this incredible cast of gay men in Boys in the Band makes my whole psyche ache.
As for Miles, he’s definitely a cutie but I do not see the “god” in him that you do. However, I love it when such differences of perception or vision occur.
I just saw it a few days ago and it’s a great experience. Quinto’s quote is a good one. Yeah, “how far we’ve come.” Some Queerty commenters, a week or so ago, were complaining about the “negative stereotypes”: um, that’s part of the point!
Lather, yes, me too. I am too far from Broadway…
Heywood Jablowme, I do not read everything here, but I heard online Michael Benjamin Washington talking about the play and stereotypes: “To have nine men who play different instruments vocally, emotionally, spiritually, and then to see that within the microcosm of the community that’s often stereotyped into just one image […]” ( Talking about the boys in the band). It must be really refreshing to watch the show.
Lather, I love your second paragraph. It’s true beauty is highly subjective and that I do not know him, but what moves me deeply goes beyond the looks. It is connected to his warm and beautiful inner sunshine, previous lovers…and Botticelli paintings. He could well have just jumped out of one of them 🙂
M aybe if we all contact Fathom, they’ll record it.
My ex introduced me to TBITB back in the 80’s when it aired on late-night cable. He had performed the part of Emory in college, and I, honestly, had never heard of it. After watching the TV-version, I was so intrigued and quickly memorized the entire film from VHS. I now have the DVD version, and the book of the script with the sequel “The Men From the Boys”! I have my gay brother and his partner as fans too, and really hope that the production company (Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy) will film/tape and either air it, DVD it, whatever, PLEASE make it available for those to enjoy that cannot make it NYC! This is a half-century landmark, greater than the likes of Tales of the City being continued.
Sorry, the producers do not include Brad Falchuk, rather David Stone, Scott Rudin, Patrick Catullo, Aaron Glick and Ryan Murphy. Regardless, please tape, video, film, copy etc. the play so we can all enjoy the production!
Really appreciated Zachary highlighting the efforts of the original cast. It was such a different world back then. Those guys showed courage in taking on those roles. I’m attending the production on 6/8. Looking forward to it!
Saw BITB last Saturday night at the Booth Theater and what a powerful drama performed by accomplished gay actors! Incredible performances especially by Parsons! The bad news is the play is moving but a real downer that touched me. It took me 3 days to get over it, the production was that powerful.
It would make an amazing movie with those awesome actors.
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