Documentary of Passing Strange to Get Screening in Tribeca Film Festival

News   Documentary of Passing Strange to Get Screening in Tribeca Film Festival The New York premiere of Spike Lee's concert documentary of the Broadway rock musical Passing Strange will be presented as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in May.

Daniel Breaker in Passing Strange
Daniel Breaker in Passing Strange Photo by Carol Rosegg

The 7 PM screening of the film will be presented at the Directors Guild Theatre on May 2. Following the screening, Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee and Passing Strange's Tony-winning co-creator Stew and Heidi Rodewald will take part in a discussion of the work that meshed narrative theatre with the electricity of a rock concert.

The concert documentary of Passing Strange received its world premiere as part of the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival last winter. Lee will also debut his documentary "Kobe Doin' Work" at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Lee and his crew filmed Passing Strange live at the Belasco Theatre during its Broadway run on July 19, a day prior to the musical's final performance. Passing Strange features a Tony Award-winning book by Stew, lyrics by Stew and music by Stew and his longtime musical partner Heidi Rodewald of The Negro Problem.

The documentary of Passing Strange captures original cast members Stew and Rodewald, as well as de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jones. The on-stage band includes Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan and Christian Gibbs.

With the aid of director and collaborator Annie Dorsen, Passing Strange incorporates autobiographical 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 Broadway production of Passing Strange featured choreography by Karole Armitage (Hair), scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy and lighting design by Kevin Adams.

Single tickets for the Tribeca Film Festival go one sale to the general public April 20. For tickets and further information, visit TribecaFilmFest.