Despite the inherent proximity of their birthplaces, Broadway and punk share very little with one another. But somehow
they’ve come together for audiences now clamoring for Passing Strange tickets.
The story is a wild, whirling tale with rock songs—complete with electric guitars and synths—that most musical
fans won’t expect. But here’s the secret: It’s not written just for musical fans.
The story is narrated by a character named Stew, an African-American man who, growing up in L.A., turned to Zen Buddhism
and punk, then later to European café life. Throughout it all, he learns lessons, grows up, and tries to find his
own voice. But much of the time, he found he simply didn’t fit in. Whether poking fun at Boho culture or his family,
this is a show that entertains.
Don’t expect a typical musical with “Passing Strange.” Theater tickets
are available for plenty of traditional shows with the same conventional songs and stories you may be used to. This is definitely
something off the beaten path. But if that’s more to your liking, you’ll be well-rewarded by going out on a limb
and trying something new.