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10 hours ago, jaragon said:

Tuc Watkins who plays Hank started out in soaps....

 

So melodramatic!

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I saw the Broadway Production tonight- and it was worth every penny- a terrific night at the theater

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I am so glad that you enjoyed "The Boys In The Band".

Maybe PBS's "Great Performances" will film it for posterity's sake.

We can only hope.

Right?

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11 hours ago, rayban said:

I am so glad that you enjoyed "The Boys In The Band".

Maybe PBS's "Great Performances" will film it for posterity's sake.

We can only hope.

Right?

Yes I hope they do it!

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My partner convince me to get the tickets and I'm very happy we did go- production wise it was first rate Broadway.  Joe Mantello did a great job of directing and I really could not tell which parts of the script were cut- but I do think the show could have used at least a brief intermission. Jim Parsons needed a break from his almost non stop talking.  He was fine but better in the first part before he turns into the mean drunk. Zachary Quinto was ok  but for me the supporting cast was great specially Robin De Jesus as the flaming Emery- it was a smart choice to cast a Latino actor in the role.  The other players were cast to perfection and then there is Matt Bomer  who is just as beautiful in real life as he  on screen. His brief nude scene was a highlight.   Crowley's play is still relevant- apart from some obvious period touches- the rotary phone, the LP on the stereo, the play seemed to me very contemporary. Yes we don't go around calling each other mary- but we are still dealing with body issues, addiction and fidelity.  They kept most of the nastier lines that would never be allowed in our political correct times but this is what makes Crowley's play a classic of gay culture- it captures a moment in time perfectly- I thought Mantello's final stage image is powerfully poignant.

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10 hours ago, jaragon said:

"What kind of a movie is this?!"

 

It looks like a hoot.

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10 hours ago, jaragon said:

"What kind of a movie is this?!"

 

It was a movie that tried to have it both ways. The "straight" guys play gay to get out of the draft, but you'll notice that they take a swing at every guy who comes on to them. The "real" gay guy is the over-the-top limp-wristed stereotype. They hoped it would draw both straight and gay audiences who were intrigued by this new idea of gays going public. I have no idea whether or not that worked in terms of box office, but they sure went out of their way to show the "straight" guys holding their own against the gay tide.

Michael Greer actually had a (limited, of course) career as an actor and a performer/impressionist. I saw him once in a local club and he was hilarious, without all the cringe-inducing mannerisms. I have an album he recorded of "Tallulah in Heaven", which imagines the late Tallu as the switchboard operator in Heaven, and it's one of the best impressions of her out there. He was in the movie of "Fortune and Men's Eyes" and I think the stage production as well, but I'd have to check on that.

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Michael Greer really is funny as "The Gay Landlord" ( which actually would make a good porn title) and if you think about the movie story would work as gay porn too- of course by the end the "straight" guys would go gay for real- and I just realized that Lawrence Casey was in "The Rat Patrol"- which is has plenty of gay fan fiction potential

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