Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee captured the musical live at the Belasco Theatre during its Broadway run on July 19, 2008, a day prior to the musical's final performance. The 135-minute film captures the on and off-stage action.
The cast and creators of the musical, including Tony winner Stew (librettist, songwriter and star) and Heidi Rodewald (co-songwriter), will be in person for the opening night screenings (6:15 PM and 9:20 PM) at IFC, the popular Greenwich Village cinema. Stew and Rodewald will be in attendance for the Saturday (6:15 PM and 9:20 PM) and Sunday (3:30 PM) screenings.
Following its New York debut, "Passing Strange" will also be available On Demand nationwide beginning Aug. 26 through "Sundance Selects."
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.
Included in the film are 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 film premiered as part of the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival last winter and was screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Passing Strange will also be part of PBS' "Great Performances" series in 2010.
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