Charles Busch saw ‘Boys in the Band’ then got a most beautiful surprise from Jim Parsons
Charles Busch posted this on his Facebook page this morning and I wanted to share it with you all because it is just so wonderful: Last night I saw the new Broadway production of “The Boys in the Band” and I loved every bit of it. Any notions that the play is somehow dated are dispelled. It absolutely speaks to us today. The cast is fantastic. It’s so funny and touching and thought provoking.
This next part is hard to write. I’ve been debating back and forth whether or not to post this. Usually someone else would share this. It could come off self-aggrandizing to say the least but… okay. After I left the theatre, I was on the subway reading the Playbill. There’s a few pages where each member of the cast has written a paragraph about what element of queer pop culture shaped them the most. Jim Parsons,(who gives a brilliant performance as Michael), wrote “The plays of Charles Busch and there really isn’t a close second. Participating in Busch’s works placed me in a world I had never fully dreamed of, but one that made me, a young adult figuring out his sexuality and his career, feel more at home than I’d ever felt before. I found a freedom as a performer that was impossible to shake once tasted – much the same way that, once I let myself admit I was in love with another guy, there was no going back. No one wants to live falsely, onstage or off. Especially on. Ha!”
I was so surprised and touched by this. I’ve only met Jim Parsons once very briefly. I was sitting there on the subway and felt this wonderful burst of pride within me. I think this lovely acknowledgment can be viewed as an analogy for the way no one knows what sort of impact they might have had on another person, either by an act of kindness or by the way they handle their life. What a thing to read on a crowded A train to 14th Street. Wow.