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Photo Preview: Cast of 'Passing Strange'

Passing Strange, which made its acclaimed and extended engagement at the Public Theatre last summer, will arrive on Broadway in February 8, 2008 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street); officially opening February 28, 2008.

Passing Strange is a new rock musical by singer/songwriter and performance artist Stew and Heidi Rodewald.  A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre that was developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab and at the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Passing Strange made its New York premiere May 1 at the Public Theatre.  

Annie Dorsen directs, with choreography by Karole Armitage.  The Passing Strange design team includes David Korins (sets), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costumes) and Kevin Adams (lighting).

"Passing Strange takes musical theatre on a whole new trip," state press notes, "Stew, a popular performer at Joe's Pub, was commissioned by The Public and Berkeley Rep to develop this moving and hilarious 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...It's a quirky journey from L.A. to authenticity, crossing boundaries of place, identity, and theatrical convention on the way."

Passing Strange will perform 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 Telecharge at, or by calling 212-239-6200. For more information visit

Photos by Steve Halin

Stew (lyricist, librettist, co-composer and narrator)


Daniel Breaker and de'Adre Aziza

(top) Stew and Heidi Rodewald (co-composer and bassist), with Daniel Breaker and de'Adre Aziza

Stew and Daniel Breaker

Stew and Heidi Rodewald

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