"Passing Strange"

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“Passing Strange”

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll are the staples of a rock star’s lifestyle; but they can also be the cornerstones of a coming-of-age story. Such is the case with Passing Strange, which follows an African American teen—simply referred to as “the Youth”—and his search for “the real” during the late 1970s. A musician living with his mother in L.A., the Youth sets out on a journey to Amsterdam and Berlin, attempting to find his true self by playing music along the way.

Now celebrating its Canadian premiere at The Opera House, Passing Strange made its debut on Broadway in 2008 and promptly won a Tony for “Best Book of a Musical,” as well as three Drama Desk awards for “Outstanding Musical,” “Outstanding Lyrics,” and “Outstanding Music.” The production has been hailed since for its originality and authenticity, and also for it’s score, which deploys punk rock, R&B, and soul numbers to lift Passing from comedy-drama to rock musical status. The musical has received public praise as recently as 2016, when The Washington Post referred to it as “The musical anyone who adores [the musical] ‘Hamilton’ must see.”

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About The Musical Stage Company


Established in 2004 as Acting Up Stage Company, The Musical Stage Company unveiled a new name in 2017 alongside the ambitious goals of making Canada a leader in musical theatre, reaching every Torontonian through diverse musical stories, and creating a national and international presence.

Their productions – including award-winning contemporary musicals, world premieres and concerts – are seen live by 30,000 people over the 80+ nights that they are onstage annually in venues both traditional and surprising. The Musical Stage Company incubates new Canadian musicals from development to production, investing in Canadian musical theatre writers and building national and international partnerships. To date, their work has been recognized with 61 Dora Award nominations, 11 Dora Awards, and 12 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards.

Beyond the stage, The Musical Stage Company builds and enriches communities through musical storytelling. Their robust education programs develop the artists and audiences of tomorrow, offering musical theatre training that boosts self-confidence and self-expression for over 100 young people each year without cost to the participants. They also curate innovative musical programs in partnership with diverse organizations, maximizing the resonance of our work across disciplines and communities.

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