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Passing Strange 

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A young black artist leaves his Los Angeles digs and travels to Europe to find himself. A theatrical stage production of the original Broadway musical.


Spike Lee


Stew (book)
3 nominations. See more awards »



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Episode credited cast:
De'Adre Aziza ... Edwina / Marianna / Sudabey
Daniel Breaker ... Youth
Eisa Davis ... Mother
Colman Domingo ... Mr.Franklin / Joop / Mr. Venus
Chad Goodridge ... Rev. Jones / Terry / Christophe / Hugo
Rebecca Naomi Jones ... Sherry / Renata / Desi
Karen Pittman ... Mom - Understudy
Stew Stew ... Narrator


A young black artist leaves his Los Angeles digs and travels to Europe to find himself. A theatrical stage production of the original Broadway musical.

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guitar | theater | band | rock 'n' roll | See All (4) »





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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Passing Strange" opened at the Belasco Theater in New York on Feb. 28, 2008, ran for 165 performances and was nominated for the 2008 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Score and won for the Best Book. Colman Domingo, De'Adre Aziza, Chad Goodridge, Stew and Daniel Breaker recreated their roles in this filmed production. Daniel Breaker and De'Adre Aziza received Tony Award nomination for acting as did Stew who had four nominations and one win (Best Book). See more »

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Passing Grade
20 December 2010 | by foxfaceSee all my reviews

I found Spike Lee's filming of this musical to be extraordinary because I felt like I was in the audience and on stage at the same time. The music is good and the plot stays interesting.

The great thing this play expresses is how an individual tries to escape the confines placed on his existence by virtue of his race. Many people can relate to taking the journey to self discovery. As an African-American, it was interesting to see how the "Youth" wanted to escape from his confines by heading to Europe where there didn't seem to be any confines. There tension of this escape is illustrated between the scenes between the Youth and his Mother, and at one point she asks him why can't you be comfortable with your own? This musical is funny, religious, and international at the same time. All of the actors were great. The music was fantastic. All hail Stew!

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