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“Boys in the Band” actor Brian Hutchison says all-gay cast means “there’s just this real ease”

You’ve likely seen Brian Hutchison playing a tough guy in shows like Instinct, Elementary, Vinyl, and Jessica Jones — or on stage in productions like Man and Boy and Looped. He’s now on Broadway in the is-he-or-isn’t-he-gay character of Alan in the new, all-gay revival of The Boys in the Band.

The Advocate.spoke to Hutchison about his role and the fears that men like Alan still harbor for feminine guys.

Here is an excerpt:

What does having an all-gay cast bring to the production?
Fun and laughter and joy and excitement and everybody bringing their best selves and a sense of freedom. There’s a bit more of a lack of filter, in a good way. There’s just this real ease, this collective deep breath and exhale; a feeling like you’re okay.

Tell us about the first time you saw The Boys in the Band.
I’ve never seen it on stage. I know they’ve done it a few times in New York and I know some of the actors who’ve done it over the years, but I never got to see a stage production. I saw the movie about 15 years ago and it definitely left an impression.

There were some things about it that really resonate today and other things that I felt we’ve come really, hopefully, a long way from since then. But I didn’t really look at it again until I was talking to (director) Joe Mantello about this production, and that was with fresh eyes and ears, understanding that this was the 50th anniversary production, that it was going to be cut down a bit, it was going to be one act instead of two, and I knew some of the actors involved.

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