In the mid 60s New York Times theater and film critic Stanley Kauffman laid down the gauntlet asking the era’s most famous gay playwrights why they wrote plays with heterosexual characters that “distorted American women, marriage, and society” and avoided writing about gay men like themselves.
Hollywood screen writer Mart Crowley responded by writing “The Boys in the Band” a gay dark comedy which featured mostly gay actors playing gay roles in a brutally honest show that laid it all on the line, from their self loating and racism to their love and resilience.
The Tony Award winning play was then turned into a major motion picture released in theaters a year after the Stonewall Riots.
50 years later, the play was brought back to Broadway starring some of your favorite gay Hollywood hunks, and then turned into a film again for Netflix.
Now here in Chicago, the Windy City Theater is taking a whole new look at the legendary play, creating an immersive experience that puts you in the middle of the wild party.
➤ What were gay bars like in Technicolor?
➤ Why did the actor who played the Cowboy try to implicate Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken in the death of Natalie Wood shortly before his own death from AIDS?
➤ How The Boys in the Band helped inspire the Rocky Horror Picture Show and open the doors for 20th Century Fox to green-light Star Wars.
Get tickets: Windy City Playhouse’s The Boys in the Band
Featured Film: Boys in the Band: Amazon