When a British record producer arrives in Montgomery, Alabama to hook Marty Roy, a young black musical prodigy, he launches us back into Marty’s tumultuous upbringing. The son of a gospel star and self-proclaimed healer, Marty spent his childhood writing the songs that have made his charismatic father famous. But in a nation on the verge of social upheaval, with the rising heat from the street guiding his pen, Marty finds himself at odds with his spiritually forceful father as he strives to create a masterpiece that will change America – no matter the cost. A funny, fiery, one-of-a-kind show from the creators of Tony-Award winning Passing Strange and directed by Jeff Award-winner Lili-Anne Brown (Caroline, Or Change, Firebrand Theatre), The Total Bent is about the passions that divide a father and son as they make their music and make their choice between salvation and selling out.

Jeff Award Winner 2019: Best Choreography

Jeff Award Nominee 2019: Best Production of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Principal Performer in a Musical (Gilbert Domally & Robert Cornelius), Best Music Direction

Thursday thru Saturday at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
Pay-What-You-Can Previews: February 7-9 at 8:00pm / February 10 at 3:00pm
Open Captioned Performance: Sunday, March 3rd at 3:00pm
Understudy Performance: Tuesday, March 5th at 8:00pm

1331 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622

Breon Arzell
Robert Cornelius* 
Gilbert Domally
Frederick Harris
Jermaine Hill
Eric Lindahl 
Michael Turrentine

Derek Duleba
Christian Moreno 
Anthony Rodriguez
Kurt Shelby

*Appearing through an Agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Arnel Sancianco, scenic design
Christine Pascual, costume design
Jason Lynch, lighting design
David Samba, sound design
Emily Boyd, props design
Joe Burke, projection design
Abhi Shrestha, dramaturg
Breon Arzell, choreographer
Adam Goldstein, dialect coach
Ian Damont Martin, assistant director
Lewis Rawlinson, assistant music director
Marika Mashburn, casting director
Angela Salinas, production manager
Jen L’Amour Dorman, graphic designer
Blake Cordell, audio assistant
Razor Wintercastle, stage manager
Corbin Paulino, assistant stage manager

Video by Joey Delisi
Production Photos by Austin D. Oie
Promotional Photos by Joe Mazza | Brave Lux Inc.