The Total Bent, the new musical from Passing Strange team Stew and Heidi Rodewald, has shifted its start date at the Public Theater, due to an unforeseen construction-related delay at the venue. The show, a Public Lab production directed by Joanna Settle, was scheduled to run at the downtown venue from February 14 through March 4, but will now run from February 24 through March 18.
The Total Bent tells the story of a black gospel prodigy from down South and a white music producer from South London who meet in a recording studio just south of the Twilight Zone, as they both desperately seek their own versions of transcendence, salvation and a hit record. Divine inspiration, fantastical visions and one legendary music producer father frame this new musical about the complicated space between the sacred and the profane.
The complete cast of The Total Bent includes Kenny Brawner (Musician), Eddie R. Brown III (Abee), David Cale (Byron), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Joe Roy), Harriett D. Foy (Your Imaginary Friend), William Jackson Harper (Marty Boy), Damian Lemar Hudson (Deacon Dennis) and Julian Rozzell Jr. (Andrew).
The Total Bent features scenic design by Andrew Lieberman, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Adam Silverman and sound design by Obadiah Eaves and Acme Sound Partners.