Apr 20, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, before the AIDS epidemic, gay pride parades or the Stonewall uprising, The Boys in the Band changed everything. MAKING THE BOYS explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. Beloved by some for breaking new ground, and condemned by others for reinforcing gay stereotypes, The Boys in the Band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Featuring anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers, as well as perspectives by legendary figures from stage and screen, MAKING THE BOYS traces the behind-the-scenes drama and lasting legacy of this cultural milestone.
“Sometimes you don’t have to go very far into the past to be amazed at how drastically things have changed. That is driven home by “Making the Boys,” Crayton Robey’s captivating documentary about the creation of, and reaction to, the breakthrough play “The Boys in the Band.” (Neil Genzlinger, New York Times)