Stew Believes His Role Can Be Played By Others

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Although Passing Strange is a semi-autobiographical musical that incorporates elements of Stew's life into the rock-n-roll production, co-creator and star Stew believes others could succeed him in the musical.
Passing Strange creator Stew.
Passing Strange creator Stew. Photo by Michal Daniel

Stew suggested Corey Glover — of the heavy-metal band Living Colour — as a possible successor.

"Anyone who can convincingly be a rock-and-roll person [would be okay]. And [Corey] doesn't play one, he actually is one . . . I don't know if there are hundreds, but I think there are tens of people who could do it…and people who could do it better than me."

Passing Strange features book and lyrics by Stew and music by Stew and his longtime musical partner Heidi Rodewald of The Negro Problem.

The musical – which opened on Broadway Feb. 28 following a critically lauded run at the Public Theater last summer – features the original Public cast, including Stew, de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jones.

Passing Strange co-author Rodewald heads an onstage band that features Stew as well as Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan and Christian Gibbs.

Passing Strange features choreography by Karole Armitage, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy and lighting design by Kevin Adams.

Passing Strange's Broadway venture is produced by the Shubert Organization, Inc., Elizabeth Ireland McCann, the Public Theater and Berkeley Rep.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting The Belasco Theatre is located at 111 West 44th Street in Manhattan.

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