Photo Coverage: 'Passing Strange' Opening Night Curtain & After Party

The new Broadway musical Passing Strange officially opened at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street) on Thursday February 28, 2008.

The cast includes De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Stew, himself. A band of consummate musicians joins the cast on stage, including co-creator Heidi Rodewald, along with Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan, Christian Gibbs and Stew.

"With a score that has some of the most tuneful, soulful rock songs, and witty, thought-provoking lyrics in recent memory, Passing Strange is the moving and hilarious tale of a young black bohemian on a journey of escape and exploration: leaving the confines of his middle-class, church-reared youth in south central L.A., the further he travels the more he discovers the journey within is the one that counts," explain press notes.

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

With book and lyrics by the popular singer/songwriter Stew, and with music by Stew and his longtime musical partner Heidi Rodewald, Passing Strange is directed by and created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen.

Passing Strange performs Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm; and Sundays at 3pm at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street) on Broadway. Tickets are priced $111.50 - $66.50 - $36.50 - $26.50, and are available through Tele-charge at www.TeleCharge.com, or by calling 212-239-6200. For additional information on Passing Strange, visit www.passingstrangeonbroadway.com

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.


Passing Strange opened on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Belasco Theatre


Passing Strange opened on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Belasco Theatre


Stew


Stew


Stew


Heidi Rodewald and Stew


Stew


Christian Gibbs, Stew and Heidi Rodewald


De'Adre Aziza, Stew and Christian Gibbs


Rebecca Naomi Jones, De'Adre Aziza, Stew and Chad Goodridge


Christian Gibbs and Stew with the band and cast


Daniel Breaker, Rebecca Naomi Jones and De'Adre Aziza


Chad Goodridge, Colman Domingo and Eisa Davis


Daniel Breaker, Rebecca Naomi Jones and De'Adre Aziza


Daniel Breaker, Rebecca Naomi Jones and De'Adre Aziza


Stew


Stew


Stew


Stew


Stew and Christian Gibbs


l-r: Director Annie Dorsen, Jon Spurney (keyboard), De'Adre Aziza, Stew, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Daniel Breaker, Christian Gibbs (guitar/keyboard), Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Christian Cassan (drums), Heidi Rodewald (bass) and Chad Goodridge


l-r: Director Annie Dorsen, Jon Spurney (keyboard), De'Adre Aziza, Stew, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Daniel Breaker, Christian Gibbs (guitar/keyboard), Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Christian Cassan (drums), Heidi Rodewald (bass) and Chad Goodridge


Passing Strange

OPENING NIGHT AFTER PARTY


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Martha Plimpton


Manoel Felciano and Marian Seldes


James Snyder


James Snyder


James Snyder


James Snyder


James Snyder


Director Annie Dorsen


Chad Goodridge


Chad Goodridge


Chad Goodridge


Chad Goodridge


Colman Domingo


Daniel Breaker


Colman Domingo and Daniel Breaker


Heidi Rodewald (bass/co-composer)


Heidi Rodewald


l-r: De'Adre Aziza, Eisa Davis and Rebecca Naomi Jones


l-r: De'Adre Aziza, Eisa Davis and Rebecca Naomi Jones


De'Adre Aziza


De'Adre Aziza


Rebecca Naomi Jones


Rebecca Naomi Jones


Eisa Davis


Stew (narrator, co-composer/lyricist)


Stew


Stew


Stew


Stew and Anne Meara


Jerry Stiller, Stew and Anne Meara


Stew and Annie Dorsen


Debbie Harry


Debbie Harry


Stew and Debbie Harry


Stew and Debbie Harry


Stew and Debbie Harry


Stew and Debbie Harry



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