This 1979 play, written by Martin Sherman, revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives, the violent 1934 uprising that brought Hilter to power. Bent was dark and horrifying, featuring performances by Ian McKellen and Richard Gere as the gay protagonist. The New York Times wrote, “Love is the basis of this play, and it is the constant that is normal. The war and the Holocaust are aberrations blocking the natural flow of love not only of two men, but also of all mankind.”
The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7 on CBS.