Passing Strange's Jones to Sing National Anthem at Shea Stadium June 12

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Obie Award-winning Passing Strange cast member Rebecca Naomi Jones will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Shea Stadium June 12.

Jones, who portrays a multitude of roles in the Tony-nominated musical, will perform the national anthem prior to the New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game at Shea Stadium. Jones takes to the mic at 1:10 PM.

Passing Strange marks the Broadway debut for Jones, who has appeared in the Los Angeles and San Francisco debuts of Caroline, Or Change under the direction of George C. Wolfe, as well as in the first national tour of Little Shop of Horrors, the tenth anniversary world tour of Rent and regional mountings of Funked Up Fairy Tales, Wig Out and Fallen Angels. The singing actress is currently at work on a forthcoming solo debut recording.

Nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Passing Strange opened on Broadway Feb. 28 following a critically lauded run at the Public Theater last summer. The Broadway transfer features the original Public cast, including Stew, de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jones.

The semi-autobiographical musical incorporates 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.

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