Passing Strange Ends Public Theater Run July 1 | Playbill

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News Passing Strange Ends Public Theater Run July 1 The new Stew and Heidi Rodewald musical Passing Strange, which officially opened at the Public's Anspacher Theater May 14, ends its extended limited engagement July 1.
Passing Strange co-creator Stew
Passing Strange co-creator Stew Photo by Michal Daniel

Originally scheduled to play the Off-Broadway venue through June 3, the co-production with Berkeley Rep had been extended by four weeks. July 1 will offer performances at 2 and 7 PM.

Passing Strange tells the story "of a young black bohemian in search of self and home who charts a course for 'the real' through sex, drugs, and rock and roll" and journeys "from black, middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin, and beyond," according to press notes.

The cast includes the jazz and hip-hop vocalist de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker (Well, Fabulation), Eisa Davis ("Soul Food"), Colman Domingo (Henry V), Chad Goodridge (The Debate Over Courtney O'Connell) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (Caroline, or Change).

The rock musical features music by singer-songwriter-performance artist Stew and Heidi Rodewald with a book and lyrics by Stew. The production is directed by (and created in collaboration with) Annie Dorsen.

The musicians, led by Stew and Rodewald, include guitarist, keyboardist and musical supervisor Jon Spurney (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Marc Doten (bassist for Double Naught Spy Car) on keyboards and guitar and Christian Cassan (ABC's "Spin City") on drums.

The design team includes David Korins (scenic), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costume), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Tony Smolenski IV (sound designer). Rodewald serves as musical director. Jon Spurney is musical supervisor. Movement coordination is by Karole Armitage.

Tickets to Passing Strange at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, are available by calling (212) 967-7555 or online at

<i>Passing Strange</i> ends its run at the Public Theater.
Passing Strange ends its run at the Public Theater. Photo by Michal Daniel

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