Passing Strange

From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes PASSING STRANGE, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity.

3F, 4M





Book, Music & Lyrics PASSING STRANGE, which Stew starred in and co-wrote with Heidi Rodewald, premiered at Berkeley Rep and the Public Theater (2006/2007) before transferring to Broadway in 2008. The show has been honored with the Drama Critics’...

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Heidi Rodewald

Heidi Rodewald

Music Heidi Rodewald has spent over a decade as a performer, arranger, producer, and composer for both The Negro Problem and the multi-disciplinary ensemble known as Stew. She cowrote the musical PASSING STRANGE, which premiered at...

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4 Musicians

Keyboard 1/Guitar
Keyboard 2/Guitar





A bad kid at church

Another bad kid at church

Mr. Franklin
Church pianist, youth choir director

A teenage goddess

An abstract artist and café waitress

An academic who moonlights

A body liberationist

A neo-hippy

A militant music critic

An avant-garde filmmaker and writer

A den mother and social engineer

Mr. Venus
A performance artist

Cast Vocal Ranges

Promotional Resources

Passing Strange Logo Pack

Official Logo Pack

Included with license

Includes color and black and white high-resolution logo files in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.

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Passing Strange Official Show Artwork

Official Show Artwork

$175 / $125 for educators

Creating artwork for your performance has never been easier – customize online in minutes, download a print-ready PDF, order printed posters, access layered files.

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Passing Strange Promotion Kit & Social Media Guide

Social Media Marketing Kit

$250 / $150 for educators

Includes everything you need to plan and implement the promotion of your show – 50+ graphics for social media, original show specific content, social media guide, promotion calendar and press release template.

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Passing Strange Cast & Crew T-Shirts

Cast & Crew T-Shirts

As low as $10 each

Broadway Licensing has partnered with Subplot Studio to offer premium-quality Cast & Crew T-Shirts! You can add your theatre name, show dates and even your cast & crew names on the back.

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Production Resources

Advance Pack

Includes 1 Piano/Conductor Book, 1 Director’s Script and 1 Cast Script/ Vocal Book shipped as soon as payment is received.


Extra Rehearsal Weeks

If you need your full set of production materials prior to the regularly scheduled shipment (see above), you can request additional weeks.

$100 / week

Additional Books

Additional books (Cast Script / Vocal, Piano / Conductor, etc.) are available.

$25 each

Digital Orchestration Parts

Prefer playing or rehearsing from your tablet? All of our orchestration books (including PC and PV) are available in digital copies.

PC or PV $50
Orchestration Parts $25/per book

Full Conductor Score

An ideal solution for those who choose to conduct their show from the podium, as opposed to the piano. Each detailed instrument staff is always right in front of you--giving you the most comprehensive layout for full control of your orchestra.

$125/Print, $100/Digital, $175/both


Book, Music & Lyrics by

Music by
Heidi Rodewald

Created in Collaboration with Annie Dorsen