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Passing Strange: Season 38: Episode 7 -- Trailer for this musical


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Original Air Date:
16 January 2009 (Season 38, Episode 7)
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. | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode 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 ... Narrator

Episode Crew
Directed by
Spike Lee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stew  book

Produced by
Steve Klein .... producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Elizabeth Ireland McCann .... producer
Butch Robinson .... line producer
Original Music by
Heidi Rodewald 
Cinematography by
Matthew Libatique 
Film Editing by
Barry Alexander Brown 
Casting by
Heidi Griffiths 
Jordan Thaler 
Production Design by
David Korins 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Clancy  (as Elizabeth Hope Clancy)
Production Management
Marcus Turner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Ellis .... first assistant director
Tracey Hinds .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Jake Aron .... sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Rusty Dunn .... dialogue editor
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Bret Johnson .... sound re-recordist
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Britt Myers .... adr recordist
Abigail Savage .... sound editor
Reuben Simon .... sound editor
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Ian Stynes .... adr recordist
Ian Stynes .... sound editor
Paul Tirone .... sound re-recordist
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Adams .... lighting designer
Henry Adebonojo .... camera operator
Lamont Crawford .... key grip
Ricardo Sarmiento .... camera operator
Casting Department
Jay Binder .... additional casting
Editorial Department
Ryan Denmark .... associate editor
Santiago Gutierrez .... on-line editor
Music Department
Jake Aron .... assistant score mixer
Jake Aron .... music editor
Christian Cassan .... musician: drums
Christian Gibbs .... musician: guitar
Marvin R. Morris .... music editor
Britt Myers .... score mixer
Seymour Red Press .... music coordinator
Heidi Rodewald .... musician: bass
Heidi Rodewald .... orchestrator
Jon Spurney .... musician: keyboards
Stew .... music supervisor
Stew .... orchestrator
Ian Stynes .... music editor
Other crew
Karole Armitage .... choreographer
Stuart Brewton .... engineer in charge
Annie Dorsen .... theatre director
Nicco Quiñones .... production assistant
Kaliya Warren .... production assistant

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  • C5  post-production sound services

Additional Details

USA:135 min (Seattle International Film Festival)
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Normally during the song "Amsterdam" Colman Domingo as Joop remarks that the European lifestyle "makes Berkeley look like the Bible Belt" but for this special performance he replaces Berkeley with Spike Lee who directed this film.See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An Exquisite Piece Of Theater, 30 January 2010
Author: scootmandutoo from Long Island, New York

I had the opportunity to see "Passing Strange" on Broadway twice. The second time was the night before the Tony Awards, when it was a co-favorite to win Best Musical. I have seen countless Broadway shows, but that night was one of my top 3 Broadway experiences ever. The cast and the audience were completely electric and I left the theater breathless.

This show is so open and honest about its emotions, the cast is amazingly versatile, with exceptional talent, and the music is quite memorable.

Also, when I least expected it, there was an emotional component that reduced me to tears, as it caused me to draw parallels to my own life. Great theater can do that.

I was disappointed at how the show segment came across on the Tony telecast, because the show was far better than what was shown that night, so I was thrilled when I heard that Spike Lee made a lasting record of this, to reach the audience it deserved.

My biggest fear was that it was going to be more documentary than a staging of the show.

So, naturally, I was overjoyed when I realized that the only documentary aspect of Passing Strange was the backstage snippets slipped in at the musical's intermission. It was an interesting addition to the experience.

Anyone who loves the stage and wants to see an amazing, original musical, should really check this out. It is one of those unexpected delights...not overly hyped...but thoroughly satisfying.

I must say I am mystified by the rating system on here. When I last checked it had a weighted rating of only 6.6. When one looks at the actual breakout of votes, this is almost incomprehensible. The vast majority give it a 10 (or 8 and 9). There was a much smaller amount that give it a 0 or 1, but if you average things out even a little, there is no way this is lower than an 8, by any measure. Unless one hates Broadway musicals it is a little obscene to give this film that low of a vote.

In the interest of disclosure, I work in media, and interviewed Daniel Breaker between the first and second time I saw "Passing Strange." But I have interviewed many performers and watched many Broadway shows. I had no stake in this show and was probably even more impressed by it, considering all the shows I have seen.

I cannot recommend "Passing Strange" more highly. It is unlike anything I have seen on Broadway and I would hope that Stew continues to create memorable, life-affirming experiences.

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