Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Andy Mientus and Patrick Heusinger Star in LA Bent, Opening Tonight

News   Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Andy Mientus and Patrick Heusinger Star in LA Bent, Opening Tonight
The Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper production of Bent, Martin Sherman's seminal drama about gays trying to stay alive in Nazi Germany where homosexuality is a crime, officially opens July 26 following previews that began July 15.

Directed by Moisés Kaufman, the limited engagement will continue through Aug. 23 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.

The cast includes Hugo Armstrong, Ray Baker, Tom Berklund, Matthew Carlson, Brionne Davis, Wyatt Fenner, Patrick Heusinger, Charlie Hofheimer, Andy Mientus, Jake Shears, Brian Slaten and Jonathan B. Wright.

Shears, lead singer for the pop band Scissor Sisters, has been cast in the role of Greta; he has also written the music for Greta’s song “Streets of Berlin” (lyrics by Sherman) for the production.

Watch Shears sing this song:

Set in Germany in the 1930s, Bent, according to press notes, "follows the struggles of gay men trying to survive in Nazi Germany, in particular two men who, in the midst of the darkest moments of mankind, manage to give and receive love and find strength in each other."

The Taper production is billed as the first major U.S. revival of Bent since the Broadway premiere in 1979, when it was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Play.

The production also has set and costume design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting by Justin Townsend, sound by Cricket S. Myers, wigs and hair design by Carol F. Doran, fight direction by Steve Rankin, choreography by Ken Roht and casting by Heidi Levitt, CSA. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Tickets are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or visiting Tickets range from $25 - $85 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue.

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