Passing Strange, a DC Hit, Gets Final Extension to Aug. 29

News   Passing Strange, a DC Hit, Gets Final Extension to Aug. 29
 
The intimate new Studio Theatre production of the coming-of-age musical Passing Strange, in Washington, DC, has been extended for a second time, now to Aug. 29.

The resident production of the Broadway musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald appears in the 100-seat Studio Stage 4 and is part of the Studio 2ndStage series. Good reviews and sold-out houses prompted the extension.

This is the first revival since its Broadway run, and the first production without its original star and Tony Award-winning creator (Stew).

"With soulful songs and funky harmonies, Passing Strange follows a rock musician on his quest for authenticity," according to Studio Theatre notes. "From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes a new kind of musical full of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and unlike anything you've seen before."

Passing Strange was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award as Best Musical, and won for Best Book (Stew). Book and lyrics are by Stew, on whose life the tale is based, and music is by Stew and Rodewald.

Director Keith Alan Baker's cast includes Jahi A. Kearse (Narrator), Aaron Reeder (Youth), Deidre LaWan Starnes (Mother), with Lulu N. Fall, S. Lewis Feemster, Courtney Gatson, Baye Harrell, Tricia Homer, Deborah Lubega, Sean Maurice Lynch, Juan Carlos Sanchez, Shaunté Tabb, Dereks Thomas, Natalie Tucker and Eric R. Williams. The band includes Christopher Youstra (piano), Kim Spath (guitar), Yusef Chisolm (bass) and Brian Gibson (drums).

The creative team includes Victoria Joy Murray (co-director), Christopher Youstra (musical director), Helanius Wilkins (choreographer), Kim James Bey (dialects), Giorgos Tsappas (setting), Justin Thomas (lighting), Erik Trester (sound/projections) and Kristopher Castle (costumes).

For information, visit www.studiotheatre.org.

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The Studio 2ndStage creates "edgy, extreme and electrifying productions that complement The Studio Theatre's season, all presented in its flexible raw space, Stage 4."

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