On Sunday evening, the solid of Broadway’s The Boys within the Band joined Anna Wintour and Vogue’s Hamish Bowles for a dialog at Nordstrom in Columbus Circle. The 1968 play a few group of homosexual males who collect in a New York Metropolis condo for a buddy’s birthday celebration is at the moment in previews on the Sales space Theatre and can open on Might 31. Directed by Joe Mantello, the manufacturing is led by a powerful ensemble solid that features each seasoned and novice Broadway actors together with Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins. All had been in attendance, save for Parsons, who was nursing a foot damage (although that hasn’t stored him from the stage on different nights; he has been gallantly performing with a cane onstage—the present should go on, in spite of everything!).
“We’ve come so far in 50 years—legislatively, socially, politically,” Quinto mentioned throughout the tête-à-tête, which famous how the manufacturing was initially proven in a pre–Stonewall Riot period. “And yet, at the same time, I feel like this is a piece that shows how far we have to go in terms of true integration and real acceptance in our society.” Rannells echoed this sentiment: “The [original] cast had to lead very different lives than they get to lead now,” he mentioned. “It’s very exciting for all of us to sit up here and be like, ‘We’re all out and gay actors’ . . . and that no one has been penalized for that.”
Whereas it’s a heavy subject material, to make certain, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than the dialog turned to trend, particularly the costumes within the present. As an alternative of developing a late ’60s wardrobe from scratch, costume designer David Zinn opted to buy groceries, assembling modern seems that nodded to the interval within the subtlest means potential.
Afterward, company sipped Champagne and cocktails of vodka, elderflower, and lemon whereas perusing the newest males’s fashions on the division retailer, which, as in earlier years, will likely be an vital sponsor on the forthcoming Tony Awards, set for June 10.