Passing Strange, created by Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter Stew and his collaborator Heidi Rodewald, will launch the season in October 2011. A new, unknown cast will star in the autobiographical musical (part rock concert/part narrative), which follows a young man's search for his artistic and personal identity.
The musical, which played Broadway's Belasco Theatre in 2008 (after developmental runs at the Public Theater and Berkeley Rep), was captured on film by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee.
As previously reported, New Line will stage the Tony-nominated musical Cry-Baby, based on the John Waters film of the same title, in March 2012. The creative team, including songwriters David Javerbaum and Adam Scheslinger, are reworking the material for New Line's smaller, more intimate take on the story about a good girl who winds up with the bad boy outsider and turns a whole town on its head in the 1950's. Cry-Baby has a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan.
High Fidelity, the musical based on the film about a record store owner who recounts his past breakups, will return to St. Louis in June 2012, after an acclaimed regional premiere there in 2008. Though its Broadway run was brief, the musical was penned by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), as well as lyricist Amanda Green.
Upcoming New Line productions include Two Gentlemen of Verona (opening March 3, 2011) and Bare (opening June 2, 2011). Tickets for New Line's 2011-2012 season will go on sale in August. Visit NewLineTheatre.