Passing Strange

Passing Strange

Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
2008
Genres
Comedy, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
los angeles, amsterdam, berlin, late 1970s
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Rock Combo
Dancing
Musical Staging
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

A heartfelt, one-of-a-kind musical event, Passing Strange takes audiences on a journey from Los Angeles, to Amsterdam, to Berlin, and beyond. Rock musician Stew makes a powerful debut as playwright and narrator, telling the story of a nameless Youth who is on a quest to find “the real.” On the way, this young, African-American, middle-class man discovers what a bohemian life really involves, “passing” through the worlds of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’roll -- and all the ups and downs in between. With soulful lyrics and soaring, heart-pounding music, Passing Strange is a unique experience that breaks theatrical boundaries, crosses musical genres, and ultimately brings the audience home with a new understanding of personal and creative authenticity.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Supporting

Soprano



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