"Boys in the Band" on Netflix - Truly GREAT!

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    Sep 15, 2020 6:55 PM GMT
    Netflix has filmed last year's Broadway production of Boys in the Band (with the Broadway cast), and is releasing it on September 30. Last year's Broadway production retained all the original dialog of the 1968 off- Broadway production. It will be interesting to see if any of the dialog is changed for the Netflix production.

    Mart Crowley, the playwright, died in 2020. Joe Mantello, director of the Netflix film, also directed the Broadway production.
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    Sep 15, 2020 7:32 PM GMT
    I snuck into a theatre in London as a kid in 1969 to watch this show. Though I was young, even then I thought the language and attitude was sadly homophobic. Maybe with time the point of the play will seem more insightful. I'll watch.
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    Sep 16, 2020 5:56 AM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI snuck into a theatre in London as a kid in 1969 to watch this show. Though I was young, even then I thought the language and attitude was sadly homophobic. Maybe with time the point of the play will seem more insightful. I'll watch.

    The play reflects a gay society that was becoming history, even at the time it was written. It shows what gay life was actually like in the post war period up through the early 60's.
  • bro4bro

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    Sep 16, 2020 4:07 PM GMT
    Hmm, for those of us who have never seen the theatrical production it will be interesting to compare this with Ryan Murphy's movie.
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    Sep 16, 2020 11:47 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidHmm, for those of us who have never seen the theatrical production it will be interesting to compare this with Ryan Murphy's movie.


    I am guessing (based on having seen the Broadway production last year) that the main change (besides the scenery, and that almost all of the original movie's cast died of AIDS) will be that the actors generally have more eye candy value. Although Zachary Quinto, appearing as Harold surprised me - It took a while to figure out who he was. Definitely not eye candy, as playing the self-described, "32 year-old, ugly, pock marked Jew fairy."
  • Element1313

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    Sep 17, 2020 3:55 AM GMT
    It’s not on Netflix yet so I checked out “Mario”. Really good for a gay themed film.
  • NV_Guy

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    Oct 03, 2020 3:12 AM GMT
    I doubt that Kenneth Nelson's performance can be matched.
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    Oct 03, 2020 3:50 AM GMT
    NV_Guy saidI doubt that Kenneth Nelson's performance can be matched.
    I agree
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    Oct 04, 2020 9:17 PM GMT
    NV_Guy saidI doubt that Kenneth Nelson's performance can be matched.


    Having now seen the netflix production (as well as last year's Broadway production), I would say that Nelson's performance was matched by Jim Parsons. When I first heard that Parsons was going to play the role, I was doubtful, but he did a good job of it on Broadway, and even much improved his performance of Michael in the Netflix film.

    I think the Netflix film (which contained the original play's dialog) was truly excellent, and hope every gay man can watch it. Matt Bomer was also excellent as Donald. He did n;t have near as many lines as Leonard or Michael, but like a true actor, he was always on, and his reactions to other actors speeches showed it - and much more visible with screen closeups than were visable on the stage.