Spike Lee’s documentary of the short-lived Broadway musical Passing Strange is set to hit movie theaters on August 21. The film was in the Sundance Film Festival, and it was also seen earlier this year in New York City at the Tribeca Film Festival. If you can’t make it to see Passing Strange on the big screen – or if it’s not playing in a theater near you come August – you can catch it on television in 2010 when it airs on PBS as a part of the “Great Performances” series. Passing Strange, which played the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway in 2008, is a rock musical written by Heidi Rodewald and Stew. The show is Stew’s semi-autobiographical tale of a young black man’s journey from a middle class life in Los Angeles to coming-of-age adventure in Europe. The Broadway production, which is captured in Spike Lee’s documentary through footage filmed live on July 19, 2008, featured actors Daniel Breaker (currently in Broadway’s Shrek), de’Adre Aziza, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and an on-stage band fronted by Stew himself.
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