The work is scheduled to arrive at Broadway's Belasco Theatre Feb. 8, 2008, with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 28. The website — featuring the tunes "Keys" and "Come Down Now" — can be found at www.PassingStrangeOnBroadway.com. (The musical also has profiles on MySpace and Facebook.)
Featuring a book and lyrics by singer-songwriter Stew with music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the show previously played Off-Broadway at the Public Theater's Anspacher Theater May 14-July 1. The run was a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where the work first played. The Public and Berkeley co-commissioned the musical, which was also developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab.
The musical, according to press notes, "is the moving and hilarious story of a young black bohemian on a journey of escape and exploration that takes him from his middle-class, church-reared youth in South Central L.A. to the drug-laced world of sex in Amsterdam to the art and anarchism of Berlin — with a bevy of eye-opening experiences and life lessons along the way."
The entire original Off-Broadway company will transfer to Broadway, including de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones and co-creator Stew. A band of musicians joins the cast onstage, including co-creator Rodewald, along with Jon Spurney and Christian Cassan.
Passing Strange was created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen, who directs; choreography is by Karole Armitage. The creative team also includes David Korins (scenic design), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costume design) and Kevin Adams (lighting design). The Broadway mounting of Passing Strange will be produced by The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Ireland McCann and The Public Theater.