Open Up the World: Passing Strange Launches New Interactive Website

News   Open Up the World: Passing Strange Launches New Interactive Website Broadway's newest rock musical Passing Strange celebrates its first day of previews at the Belasco with a new interactive website.

The new interactive and multimedia-laden website (www.PassingStrangeOnBroadway.com) allows visitors to journey with the musical's central character Youth through his musical and personal journey.

Beginning at his mother's Los Angeles Baptist Church, visitors are able to follow Youth to Amsterdam and Berlin, where they are introduced to some of the vivid and colorful friends and lovers Youth meets along the way, including Franklin, a pianist, choir director and son of Rev. Jones; the warm and welcoming neo-hippie Marianna in Amsterdam; and the provocative performance artist Mr. Venus in Berlin.

The website features a music-video clip of Passing Strange from last month's rehearsals as well as free downloads of songs from the production including "Arlington Hill," "Keys" and "Come Down Now."

Ticket discounts are also available when browsing the website's interactive features, including one offer for theatregoers 25 and under.

Featuring book and lyrics by Stew, and music by Stew and his longtime musical partner Heidi Rodewald, Passing Strange arrives on Broadway Feb. 8 following a critically lauded run at the Public Theater last summer. The new musical makes an uptown transfer with a host of awards in tow, including four Audelco Awards (including Best Musical Production of the Year); the musical also named on the top ten lists of the New York Times and New York Magazine.

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 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.

Passing Strange features choreography by Karole Armitage, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy and lighting design by Kevin Adams.

Passing Strange's Broadway venture is produced by the Shubert Organization, Inc., Elizabeth Ireland McCann and the Public Theater. The new musical will officially open on Broadway Feb. 28.

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.