Already closed | 1h 50m | Midtown W

The Boys in the Band (Broadway)

From 495 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

About the show

Two-time Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello brings Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play to Broadway in a production starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells. More…

'The Boys in the Band,' centers on a group of gay men who gather in a NYC apartment for a friend's birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault-lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. A true theatrical game-changer, 'The Boys in the Band' helped spark a revolution by putting gay men's lives onstage - unapologetically and without judgement - in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them.

1h 50m | Already closed | Booth Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (495)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking
89
Avg Score

100
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if fantastic cast to play out this story. funny sad realistic of gay life at that time.

Don't see it if cant think of a reason not to unless gay themed play not your thing

67
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want a cheesy musical that insults your intelligence...a few good laughs.

Don't see it if You want an actual book musical.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Starry, Over-long

See it if you’re a fan of any one of the copious stars, or you want to witness a theatrical landmark.

Don't see it if you get antsy after 90 min w/ no intermission, you expect to see these actors be similar to their film / TV roles

90
Great acting, Funny, Refreshing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if this show was kind of perfect. i loved the cast, and the play resonated with me.

Don't see it if from my seat i had a very difficult time seeing the scenes that took place on the second level.

95
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a classic play, you want to see a stellar cast perform, you enjoy plays with gay themes

Don't see it if you don't like gay plays, you don't like classic plays

Also This limited run gay play has one of the most stellar casts of any pro... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you love ensemble acting. Great production.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a refreshing revival.

100
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to experience a fiercely funny and emotional roller-coaster of gay men's manners and morals 50 years ago in a repressive era.

Don't see it if you can not delight in the progress made for gay men where learning to hate ourselves has been replaced with more love for self and others.

85
Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a brilliant all star cast take on this classic play. The show is thought-provoking as well as hilarious. A must see!

Don't see it if Anything dealing with gay themes aren’t your thing. If you can’t sit through 110 min of show with no intermission this won’t be for you.

88
Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like one or many of the major TV and movie stars in the cast. Amazing staging. Great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with themes of sexuality

85
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a strong cast in a surprisingly relevant revival

Don't see it if You aren't interested in LGBT issues

90
Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you’re a fan of this pivotal and seminal piece within the gay canon—and demand top notch acting.

Don't see it if you hate gays.

92
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want to see a balanced ensemble cast despite the star power, you can appreciate very good staging, you enjoy jokes that sting.

Don't see it if you are unable to relate to dated gay stereotypes or find humor in people behaving poorly, you do not relate to dysfunctional friendships.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Resonant

See it if you would enjoy a terrifically acted dinner party dramedy with a top notch cast. great production of a great play

Don't see it if you aren't into the idea of an all male/all gay cast or lgbt themes. you don't enjoy party dramas where it all takes place in the same place

85
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if that cast though! And the LGBTQ themes make this a very important show

Don't see it if you're looking for something light hearted - this is an intense drama (with some moments of comedy)

72
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Talented actors tackle everything from humor to bitterness. There are many laughs, anger and sadness, and a resilient final tone.

Don't see it if You don’t like gay-themed stories.

Also The set is gorgeous (I was waiting for Company to break out) and well ... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy of wonderfully acted revival of a gay themed play!

Don't see it if you're Homophobic!

80
Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you've never seen Boys in the Band and want to see a very funny and poignant production.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about gay people

Also Joe Mantello is a great director.... and he doesn't disappoint with th... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you love good, strong acting in a show that explores a real theme.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

90
Great acting, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy revivals of play’s that still resonant in a more modern context.

Don't see it if Are offended by homesexual themes

81
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Want a revival that surprisingly doesn't seem too dated with good acting and funny moments throughout.Ensemble cast plays well together !

Don't see it if Don't enjoy homosexual plot lines or at times campy one liners.

91
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate ensemble plays with a strong mixture of drama and humor; if you enjoy older plays revisited in a refreshing way.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical (don't let the word 'band' in the title fool you!)

76
A little creaky but it holds up

See it if you want to see the first, and still pretty good, play about the gay subculture of pre-Stonewall NY (and urban America).

Don't see it if you find self-hating gays too retro or simply too depressing.

Also Kudos to the author for writing an ensemble piece where several, inste... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like human rights stories and support LGBTQ issues. This play is a masterpiece that rings true today. Funny and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You like plays that focus on just comedy or just drama. This one goes back and forth quite a bit as they dive into important issues.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It’s funny and absorbing, sometimes touching. I found the acting was quite enjoyable, especially Robin De Jesus and AR.

Don't see it if Have no interest to see a bunch of guys being gay and emotional for two hours

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a view of the LGBT community in the 60s with hilarious actors that all fit their roles.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language, sex, nudity, or LGBT issues.


May 31st, 2018
"A starry but disconnected revival...I wish I could report that this charismatic and capable team transported me vividly and uncompromisingly into the dark ages of homosexual life in these United States, and that I shuddered and sobbed in sympathy. But...the show left me largely impatient and unm...
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May 31st, 2018
"It has mostly aged well: It has resonance and snap. While the star casting is not completely effective—Quinto is too knowingly attractive to play Harold, and Bomer’s marble-god physique seems wrong for the bookish Donald—the cast meshes convincingly, and there are many fine, small moments...At i...
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May 31st, 2018
"A strange, somewhat removed experience...There are surely things to be enthusiastic about in Joe Mantello’s glitzy, solidly acted revival...Given that there’s something still alive, and still painful, at the heart of 'The Boys in the Band,' how does one explain the museum-piecey-ness that still ...
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May 31st, 2018
"What might have been another bulletin from the distant queer past is transformed into a scintillating portrait of the self-loathing that festers in ghettoized subcultures, perhaps as much now as then...The production is sharpest when the zingers are flying back and forth, but the anger coursing ...
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