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Boys in the Band, The [Paperback]

Mart Crowley
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8 May 2008
The Boys in the Band was the first commercially successful play to reveal gay life to mainstream America. Alyson is proud to release a special 40th anniversary edtion of the play, which includes an original foreword by acclaimed writer Tony Kushner, along with previously unpublished photographs of Mart Crowley and the cast of the play, and subsequent film.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: ALYSON PUBLICATIONS (8 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593500750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593500757
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 13.6 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Boys in the band 15 Nov 2012
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Found the Boys in the Band to be a very good read as the writer did a good job of portraying what was considered at the time it was written to be a sensitive subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "And how are you this evening?" 28 Jun 2012
By M. Eden
For fans of the film, there is some dialogue here that didn't make it to screen, as well as a great introduction. This is a great first play from Crowley. Although some of the dialogue is clunky (eg a long discussion about Michael and Donald's parents that was partly cut from the film), there are some great lines (mostly from the enigmatic Harold), and points are made about love, sexuality and racism without (often) preaching to the audience. Rather than ahead of its time, this play seems to be very much OF its time, which for me is part of the appeal. The language and references make it read like a period piece today. I don't believe many today would describe the play as "outrageous", but the humour behind the perhaps once shocking lines still remains. And behind that are a group of engaging, sympathetic characters (even Michael) whose personal "journeys" sustain your interest throughout the two acts.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wild gay themed film. 10 Feb 2010
By William Dakota - Published on Amazon.com
Although this was filmed nearly 40 years ago, it is still very entertaining.
And it is the best video transfer I have ever seen. CBS did the transfer and the major studios
should be so lucky. Beautiful, not Blu-Ray but who cares? Original Broadway cast.
Glad Amazon has this in their library of DVDs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars boys in the Band 4 Aug 2010
By Bob Wilcox - Published on Amazon.com
I thought I was ordering a copy of a DVD of the play, but was dissapointed to receive only the book.
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