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TONIGHT: Seattle Film Fest Honors Spike, "Passing Strange"

Readers in the birthplace of Jimi still have time to get tix for tonight's event, where the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will honor filmmaker Spike Lee.  Also included is a special screening of the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Passing Strange.  From the festival site: SIFF will present the Golden Space Needle Award […]

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"Passing Strange" set to close

As you might expect, I have some mixed emotions about the closing of this ground-breaking musical six days from now on Sunday, July 20.  The news was reported last Thursday.  So that means if you haven’t seen it, time is of the essence.  Discount tickets are available through the remainder of the run.  Head over […]

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Spike Lee to film "Passing Strange"

Yep, according to Entertainment Weekly, Spike is set to film my favorite Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.  That’s a coup if I ever saw one.  But, more importantly, my hat’s off to Stew, Heidi and the whole cast and crew.  This just means that even more people will get to experience "Passing Strange". If you still […]

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"Passing Strange" wins a Tony!

Stew for takes home the Tony Award for "Best Book of a Musical".  While I’d hoped it would win "Best Musical," the fact that it was nominated in seven categories was an honor and an achievement.  Hopefully, the pre-Tony buzz and the exposure from performing on national TV will encourage many more people to see […]

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"Passing Strange" live soundtrack now available on iTunes

That’s right.  The live cast recording for our favorite Black rock musical is available on iTunes as of today.  So, if you still haven’t seen the musical–and haven’t been moved by the 18 award nominations it’s received–consider putting down your $11.99 to get a taste of what we’ve experienced. It’s an iTunes only situation right […]

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"Passing Strange" Update: Now 18 reasons to see it

"Passing Strange" continues to rack up theater honors.  Last night, it picked up two Village Voice Obie Awards: BEST PERFORMANCE: Ensemble – de’Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stew BEST NEW THEATRE PIECE: Stew, Heidi Rodewald, Annie Dorsen, Passing Strange Also, check out this MTV News article that […]

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Still haven't seen "Passing Strange"? Here's sixteen more reasons to go

It’s awards season on Broadway and our favorite Black rock musical, "Passing Strange," is in there with the best of them.  Check this out:  Tony Award nominations were announced earlier this week, and the musical picked up the following nods: BEST MUSICALBEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (Stew)BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED […]

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"Passing Strange" cast album hits iTunes May 27

According to Variety, "Passing Strange" will be the first Broadway cast album to be offered exclusively on iTunes.  Sales start May 27, with a physical CD to follow sometime in July. Hat tip to Digital Media Wire for the heads-up.

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NYT raves about "Passing Strange"!

As described by Bill Bragin when I ran into him at the opening night party for "Passing Strange," the review by the New York Times’ Charles Isherwood is tantamount to a "love letter".  Check this out: But please don’t call it a Broadway musical. You could scare away too many people who might actually enjoy […]

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Check out Maureen’s interview with Stew on  Here’s the opening: For years, the singer/songwriter/guitarist known as Stew has led the band The Negro Problem and won accolades for his cleverly subversive lyrics and melodic arrangements. Now, he’s using the wit and attitude honed on the alternative rock circuit to expand the possibilities of the […]

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