With book and lyrics by Stew and music by Stew and his longtime musical partner Heidi Rodewald of The Negro Problem, the musical arrives on Broadway following a critically lauded run at the Public Theater last summer. Broadway previews began Feb. 8.
The semi-autobiographical musical incorporates elements of Stew's life to tell the story of a young black bohemian who leaves behind his middle-class, church-ruled upbringing in Los Angeles to travel abroad in search of his artistic and personal identity.
The complete cast from the Public run makes the Broadway transfer: de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones and the musical's co-creator, Stew. Passing Strange co-author Rodewald heads an onstage band that features Stew as well as Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan and Christian Gibbs.
"We're very keen on bringing the audience with us," Passing Strange director Annie Dorsen previously told Playbill.com. "This is a show that gets created by the audience and the performers together - that could be one of the biggest boundaries we're crossing. We want the audience to be as creative as we are in making the night fantastic." "At the core, I think the theatre community is interested in words, in unique stories and language. And we have found that with our weird little rock songs, that they actually get them and appreciate them," Stew said. "We're trying to bring that spontaneity we thrive off in the rock 'n' roll world and hope that people get that and say, 'Oh yeah, that was like this tonight, and it's not gonna be like this tomorrow.' I hope they can feel that."
Passing Strange's Broadway venture is produced by the Shubert Organization, Inc., Elizabeth Ireland McCann and the Public Theater.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.TeleCharge.com. The Belasco Theatre is located at 111 West 44th Street in Manhattan.
For further information visit www.PassingStrangeOnBroadway.com.