PASSING STRANGE

The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, LLC
Bill Kenwright, Chase Mishkin, Barbara & Buddy Freitag
Broadway Across America, Emily Fisher Landau, Peter May
Boyett Ostar, Elie Hirschfeld/Jed Bernstein, Wendy Federman/Jackie Barlia Florin
Spring Sirkin/Ruth Hendel, Vasi Laurence/Pat Flicker Addiss
Joey Parnes, Executive Director
In association with
The Public Theater and The Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Present


PASSING STRANGE
www.PassingStrangeOnBroadway.com
Book & Lyrics by STEW
Music by STEW and HEIDI RODEWALD

Starring
STEW

With
DE’ADRE AZIZA, ELISA DAVIS, COLMAN DOMINGO, CHAD GOODRIDGE, REBECCA NAOMI JONES
And
DANIEL BREAKER

Directed by and created in collaboration with ANNIE DORSEN
Choreography by KAROLE ARMITAGE
Scenic Design: DAVID KORINS
Costume Design: ELIZABETH HOPE CLANCY
Lighting Design: KEVIN ADAMS
Sound Design: TOM MORSE
Music Supervision & Orchestration: STEW & HEIDI RODEWALK
Music Coordinator: SEYMOUR RED PRESS
Casting: JORDAN THALER & HEIDI GRIFFITHS
Production Stage Manager: TRIPP PHILLIPS
Press Representative: SAM RUDY MEDIA RELATIONS
Company Manager: KIM SELLON
Associate Producer: S.D. WAGNER

BELASCO THEATRE
111 West 44th Street (between Broadway & Sixth Avenue)
(212) 239-6200 or www.telecharge.com
Opening Night: February 28, 2008


One of the obvious joys of Off Broadway is finding a pure gem, and PASSING STRANGE, originating at The Public Theater downtown and now at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway, is one of those jewels. The musical starts off as a rock concert. Musicians stream on stage, and the Narrator Supreme (singer/songwriter Stew who also happens to be the co-creator of this work along with Annie Dorsen) quickly sets up the scene. We are introduced to the Youth (Daniel Breaker), and his musical search for identity begins. It takes him to Church, Amsterdam and Berlin before returning him right back where he started newly awakened.

Along the way we are treated to innovative music, whether gospel, punk rock, psychedelic, or revolutionary, accompanied by fresh and resourceful choreography by Karole Armitage. The songs are punctuated by clever wording, just the right amount of irreverence, and some extremely funny concepts. Although a tad too long, for those who encourage us to enjoy the journey, PASSING STRANGE is the perfect example of how this can be done. Tongue-in-cheek or in-your-face, the humor and pathos bring the message home. Until we find (or admit) our true essence, we all do things to “pass strange.”

- Laurie Lawson -
 

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