Author: Lynn Felder

UNCSA’s Passing Strange Dazzles across Genres, Themes, & Time Zones

UNC School of the Arts‘ Department of Drama and Department of Design and Production are currently presenting the genre-busting rock musical Passing Strange, by singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew. The show is one of too few Broadway musicals that capture the African American experience as written and performed by African American artists. In fact, when it debuted in 2008, it was considered such an important part of the African American musical canon that filmmaker Spike Lee recorded and released the last three performances of the Broadway production. The production of Passing Strange at UNCSA reflects the School of Drama’s ongoing effort to broaden its programming to include more work created by historically underrepresented communities in the entertainment industry – and it succeeds gloriously.

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