'The Boys in the Band' Trailer: Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto Reunite for Netflix Adaptation

THE BOYS IN THE BAND
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From left: Jim Parsons, Robin de Jesús, Michael Benjamin Washington and Andrew Rannells in 'The Boys in the Band'

The groundbreaking ensemble of Ryan Murphy and Joe Mantello's 2018 revival is back for the Tony Award-winning drama about a group of friends and a birthday celebration gone awry.

The first trailer for Netflix's Ryan Murphy-produced adaptation of the hit Broadway show The Boys in the Band has arrived.

The 2018 production, which was also produced by Murphy and featured a history-making ensemble of openly gay actors, was the winner of the 2019 Tony Award for best revival of a play. It's original ensemble — Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin DeJesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins — have returned for a new performance directed by Joe Mantello.

Set in 1968 New York City, The Boys in the Band centers on a group of friends who have come together to celebrate the birthday of Michael's friend Harold (Quinto). Among the attendees are Michael's former flame Donald (Bomer), Larry (Rannells), a commercial artist living with Watkins' Hank, a school teacher who recently left his wife, and the librarian Bernard (Washington), who has a complicated friendship with decorator Emory (de Jesús). Then there's Charlie Carver's Cowboy, both a hustler and Harold's "birthday gift."

As if acknowledging its own reunion, in a voiceover, Parson's Michael can be heard promising the attendance of the "same old tired fairies you've seen around since day one."

As the group assembles at Michael's, their signature personalities and long-suppressed feelings quickly rise to the surface, creating a dramatically and comedically messy gathering. As Michael deals with his alcoholism and a friend's homophobia, Harold and a thunderstorm arrive at the party, shifting the night from confetti-induced revelry to a high school party game.

"Hey everybody, game time. We all have to call the one person we truly believe we have loved," Michael declares as the room bemoans his "hosting" skills. "Who makes the first call?"

The remainder of the trailer lays out the rules of the game while briefly illustrating how each man takes on the challenge. The result is a night that is as sweet as it is painful as they all confront long-held feelings and truths that may ultimately threaten their bond.

Following a 1970 adaptation, Mantello and Murphy's The Boys in the Band marks the second cinematic take on Mart Crowley's play. The Netflix film begins streaming Sept. 30.

Watch the trailer below.