Big day for Passing Strange...
Wow – so many exciting things to pass along….
First: As many of you have already heard: Passing Strange got 7 Tony Award nominations this morning!
Best Book of a Musical: Stew
Best Original Score: Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: Stew
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Daniel Breaker
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: de'Adre Aziza
Best Orchestrations: Stew & Heidi Rodewald
Yesterday, it won the NY Critics Circle Award for Best Musical
Yesterday, the cast was on The View where Whoopi Goldberg called it a “Must-see” and her favorite musical. If you didn’t Tivo it, you can watch it here, and don’t miss the shout-outs to Berkeley Rep, the Public and Sundance…
Fourth; You regular readers of Rosie O’Donnell’s blog probably already say where she called Passing Strange the best show she’s seen in years and years (u must go), but just in case you missed her poetry.
Finally – for now – it was just announced that Passing Strange will be the First-Ever iTunes 'Digital Exclusive Release' of a Broadway Original Cast Album, and will be available for download beginning May 27 – that’s in just 2 weeks! (Physical copies will be available in July) But if you can’t wait, a few more tunes –“Prologue (We Might Play All Night)”, “Keys” and the banned-from-CBS “We Just Had Sex” are now available for free preview on the Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom website (click on Track Listing/Audio). These tracks were recorded live in front of an audience at the Belasco Theater in April, which was a first in its own right. The album will also mark MY first-ever liner notes. I’m not sure if they will be included in the digital release, but I believe that somehow, they will….stay tuned for info.
If you STILL haven’t seen the show….or if you are like me and you want to see it again, maybe bring some friends…as of now, you can still visit www.broadwayoffers.com and use code ps3jpub for discounted tickets, or try for $25 day of show rush tickets when the box office opens each day.
And, just a reminder…you’ll get more Lincoln Center info soon, but in the meantime….the schedules for Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors are both online, so start saving the dates in your summer schedule now! Swing tix and season passes are actually already onsale, in advance of the brochures coming out shortly, so it’s a good time to get your tickets early before they sell out. You can also check out samples of artists performing this summer online.
Here’s what the NY Times had to say in their Summer Festivals issue this past weekend
LINCOLN CENTER Personnel changes at Lincoln Center have yielded fresh, intriguing programming for its two outdoor series, Midsummer Night Swing (July 8-26) and Out of Doors (Aug. 7-24). (Both take place in Damrosch Park because of construction.) Nellie McKay opens the 20th swing season, followed by 14 nights of low-dipping, high-kicking music by Chuck Brown, the Budos Band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and, in its American debut, the Argentine tango masters Orquesta Típica Imperial. Out of Doors features the irreverent East Village Opera Company, the jazz violinist Regina Carter and the fascinating “800 Years of Minimalism” with Rhys Chatham and Manuel Göttsching; in addition Patti Smith headlines the annual two-day Roots of American Music minifestival. (212) 546-2656 (events hot line) or (212) 721-6500 (tickets), lincolncenter.org.
LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS Aug. 7- 24. The old reliables this year include the ubiquitous Noche Flamenca, which opens the festival, and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Doug Elkins and David Dorfman. Intriguing oddities include the American premiere of “Summer of Love,” a collaboration between Armitage Gone! Dance and Burkina Electric, as well as Cyro Baptista’s Brazilian capoeira, tap and drum ensemble Beat the Donkey and Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to stepping, a dance that resembles formation marching and that originated at the start of the 20th century among black college students. And it’s all free. (212) 875-5766, lincolncenter.org.
That’s it for now….see you soon.
All the best,
Director, Public Programming
LincolnCenter for the Performing Arts
1865 Broadway, 11th Floor
New York ,NY10023
"This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more devotedly than ever before."
- Leonard Bernstein