MvVO Art Launches AD ART SHOW

The Boys in the Band Lost Their Playwright Mart Crowley

The Boys in the Band Lost Their Playwright Mart Crowley

“I think there’s a Guinness Book of Records here because I can’t think of another play that was made into a movie twice that had the exact original actors from New York each time. I think it’s quite amazing.” ,” Mart Crowley last year.

The Boys in the Band was and is an integral part of gay history. Today it’s playwright has passed on.

Mart Crowley, was the Tony-winning playwright of The Boys in the Band. The Boys in the Band premiered off-Broadway on April 14, 1968 at Theater Four. It was scheduled for five performances but it so successful it played for 1,001 performances during the Stonewall Riots in 1969. In 1970, it was a movie featuring the off-Broadway cast. It was the first film to depict gay men as fully fleshed human’s. It was revived both in 1996 and 2010 off broadway. In 2011 it was made into a documentary, Making the Boys. The play also received two off-Broadway revivals in 1996 and 2010. In 2002, Crowley wrote The Men From the Boys, a sequel which took place during a memorial service; it premiered in San Francisco. In 2018, in time for its 50th anniversary, Then in The Boys in the Band received its first Broadway production, directed by Joe Mantello, featuring an all-gay cast. Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells starred. The show received two Tony nominations and won one: for Best Revival of a Play. The Boys in the Band film starring the Broadway cast is to be released this year.

Crowley was as an assistant to Natalie Wood while filming West Side Story. The two became close friends and she encouraged him to write The Boys in the Band, which he did over the course of five weeks while housesitting for actress Diana Lynn in Beverly Hills. 

Crowley’s other plays include Remote AsylumA Breeze From the GulfAvec Schmaltzand For Reasons That Remain Unclear, written in 1993 and was about sexual abuse in the Catholic church. He was the producer/cowriter of the ABC show Hart to Hart (1979-1984) and the co-author of the Eloise Takes a Bawth. In May he is featured in the HBO documentary Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind.

Crowley reportedly had a heart attack, and died while recovering from heart surgery.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

More in News

My View: Judy Garland Returns To Carnegie Hall

Stephen SorokoffJune 26, 2022

My View: And He Takes Requests Too…Brian Stokes Mitchell at Feinstein’s/54 Below Diamond Series

Stephen SorokoffJune 23, 2022

My View: This NYC Institution Got Some Great Nashville & Palm Beach Sounds Last Night

Stephen SorokoffJune 21, 2022

My View: Tony Danza….Sticking To The Standards at Cafe Carlyle

Stephen SorokoffJune 17, 2022

My View: Jason Graae Tunes Up His Oboe For Scott Siegel’s “Hit Songs”

Stephen SorokoffJune 15, 2022

My View: No One In This Audience Asked ‘Is That All There Is?’..Ann Hampton Callaway and Peggy Lee

Stephen SorokoffJune 11, 2022

My View: Richard Jay-Alexander Has Left The Building (Miami) On To a New Adventure in The Desert

Stephen SorokoffMay 25, 2022

My View: Helmut Koller Artwork Showcased Throughout New York City

Stephen SorokoffMay 19, 2022

My View: Winners of the Adela & Larry Elow American Songbook H.S. Competition

Stephen SorokoffMay 17, 2022