Page: 1

Why did I like Passing Strange?

Patash Profile PhotoPatash Profile Photo
Patash
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/27/08
Why did I like Passing Strange?#1
Posted: 6/11/08 at 6:12pm
As a soon to be social security recipient, I'll openly admit that when I first saw Rent in its early days, I left with a headache and didn't understand at least half the words. After studying the songs and seeing it again, I liked it better, but no WOW from me. And while I appreciated the great talent in Spring Awakening, I really thought the whole production and play itself was such a big YAWN. So I had no intention of going to Passing Strange -- somehow I suspected it would be a similar experience.

But when they extended discounts a few weeks ago and were offering matinee tickets for $48, I thought I'd go online and see what I could find. At first Telecharge rejected the new code that started that day. I tried again, and up came 2 seats in fifth row center orchestra. HUH? I grabbed them, thinking there must be a glitch. I tried again to see if I could get two more like that, but no -- only Row O on sides or second or third row mezzanine. I entered to purchase two full price premium seats, and what came up at $175 each? The two seats next to mine. So needless to say I went -- today, ready to be thoroughly bored or worse.

So why did I love this show? I was a bit scared when it started as I really couldn't hear Stu speaking the intro over the over amped music, but immediately after that, everything was fine -- and I'm not sure what show I've ever seen before that I didn't know where I could hear virtually every lyric perfectly. I loved the cast. I loved the staging. I loved the concept, and yes (surprise of surprises) I loved the music. Why is that? Call me astounded!
SgtDonut Profile PhotoSgtDonut Profile Photo
SgtDonut
Leading Actor
joined:4/30/08
Leading Actor
joined:
4/30/08
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#2
Posted: 6/11/08 at 6:26pm
Well, it's good that someone enjoyed it. I've only heard pretty bad things about it. But I'm sure we're all glad that you had a good time! My father said the same thing about Rent!
The Best Thing Right Now: Hair Revival!
ljay889 Profile Photoljay889 Profile Photo
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
8/4/04
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#2
Posted: 6/11/08 at 6:33pm
^ You obviously didn't read the reviews if you've only heard bad things about it.
TooDarnHot Profile PhotoTooDarnHot Profile Photo
TooDarnHot
Broadway Legend
joined:4/7/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/7/08
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#3
Posted: 6/11/08 at 6:33pm
"I've only heard pretty bad things about it"

From who? the deaf, blind, and dumb???
SgtDonut Profile PhotoSgtDonut Profile Photo
SgtDonut
Leading Actor
joined:4/30/08
Leading Actor
joined:
4/30/08
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#4
Posted: 6/11/08 at 6:36pm
No just the people on this board. I've read no reviews, so I guess I wouldn't be the right person to talk to about this show. Sorry. Ask about any other show LOL.
The Best Thing Right Now: Hair Revival!
TooDarnHot Profile PhotoTooDarnHot Profile Photo
TooDarnHot
Broadway Legend
joined:4/7/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/7/08
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#5
Posted: 6/11/08 at 6:44pm
then don't!!


re: Why did I like Passing Strange?
chris d
Broadway Star
joined:4/21/07
Broadway Star
joined:
4/21/07
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#6
Posted: 6/11/08 at 7:07pm
I'm glad you liked it Patash. this is a perfection case for how Passing Strange is more accessible than some might think. it's very non-traditional for Broadway, but that's only because Broadway is, for the most part, so stuck on its legacy and traditions. in any other context, the show isn't that avant-garde at all. it's just a great time!
Patash Profile PhotoPatash Profile Photo
Patash
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/27/08
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#7
Posted: 6/11/08 at 7:14pm
Well, in my case I had only heard good things about the show, but stubbornly I was sure I still wouldn't like it. After all, I heard the same "great things" about Rent and Spring Awakening.
Lavieboheme3090 Profile PhotoLavieboheme3090 Profile Photo
Lavieboheme3090
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/9/04
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#8
Posted: 6/11/08 at 7:31pm
I had the exact same experience with Passing Strange I walked in expecting another snooze fest like Spring, but was blown away.
chris d
Broadway Star
joined:4/21/07
Broadway Star
joined:
4/21/07
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#9
Posted: 6/11/08 at 7:36pm
I hope the comparisons between SA and PS come to an end soon. I liked both shows (PS more), and I see little similarities. SA is a dense, brooding, neurotic show; PS is much more vibrant and loose and fun. the music's a lot different too. not all "rock" sounds the same, just as not all orchestral stuff sounds the same.
thetinymagic2 Profile Photothetinymagic2 Profile Photo
thetinymagic2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/12/07
Broadway Legend
joined:
8/12/07
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#10
Posted: 6/11/08 at 7:38pm
Good point, Chris D. Most of PS is actually soft, beautiful poetic "folk" rock.
chris d
Broadway Star
joined:4/21/07
Broadway Star
joined:
4/21/07
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#11
Posted: 6/11/08 at 7:42pm
and it flows throughout the show so nicely, whereas in SA it creates a stark counterpoint to the what's going on in the story.
BenKaye Profile PhotoBenKaye Profile Photo
BenKaye
Broadway Star
joined:5/19/06
Broadway Star
joined:
5/19/06
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#12
Posted: 6/11/08 at 7:46pm
"I've only heard pretty bad things about it"

Have you not seen the Scaryotypes threads???
My blog- http://okayentertainment.blogspot.com/
thetinymagic2 Profile Photothetinymagic2 Profile Photo
thetinymagic2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/12/07
Broadway Legend
joined:
8/12/07
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#13
Posted: 6/11/08 at 8:02pm
Hey Patash -- about "Amsterdam" since you just saw it...(as per discussion yesterday re mid song riff - Official PS Love Thread discussion 6/10)). I'd be curious as to the audience reaction during this number? Just how crazy was it?
NYCboy2 Profile PhotoNYCboy2 Profile Photo
NYCboy2
Leading Actor
joined:5/10/08
Leading Actor
joined:
5/10/08
re: Why did I like Passing Strange?#14
Posted: 6/11/08 at 8:06pm
SgtDonut-If you dont know the facts, don't post then! you just made yourself really look stupid about Passing Strange!