“The Normal Heart” follows the beginnings of the AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. The play was written by Larry Kramer, based largely on his own life. The play opened Off-Broadway in 1985 and was performed in London and Los Angeles. It opened on Broadway in 2011 and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play as well as the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (John Benjamin Hickey) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Ellen Barkin.)
The film version stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons, who is reprising the role he played on Broadway in 2011.
The movie version of “The Normal Heart” is directed by “Glee” and “American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy. It’s scheduled to air on HBO on May 25 and HBO is already developing a sequel.
Check out the trailer (and be aware there’s one instance of strong language).