Passing Strange Documentary to Air on PBS

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PBS will broadcast Spike Lee's concert documentary of the award-winning Broadway rock musical Passing Strange.
Daniel Breaker in Passing Strange
Daniel Breaker in Passing Strange Photo by Carol Rosegg

Variety reports that PBS' "Great Performances" series will air the documentary in 2010. The producers of the film are also exploring a possible limited theatrical release in late summer or early fall, according to the industry paper.

As previously reported, the New York premiere of the Passing Strange documentary will be May 2 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Lee and his crew filmed Passing Strange live at the Belasco Theatre during its Broadway run on July 19, 2008, a day prior to the musical's final performance. 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.

The documentary of Passing Strange captures 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 onstage 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 Broadway production of Passing Strange featured choreography by Karole Armitage (Hair), scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy and lighting design by Kevin Adams.

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