Beau Dixon. Photo by Adam Rankin

January 24 –
February 5, 2017

Passing Strange is a bold coming of age story told through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. In the late 1970s, a black teen is driven from Los Angeles to Amsterdam and Berlin in search of himself and a place to call home.

Fusing punk rock, R&B and soul, and performed at Toronto’s preeminent music venue the Opera House, Passing Strange is unlike any musical you’ve seen before. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, don’t miss the show that has been universally applauded for its originality, authenticity, and powerful score. 

Passing Strange is a 19+ production

“The musical anyone who adores ‘Hamilton’ must see”
– The Washington Post



directed by

Philip Akin

music directed by

Bob Foster

choreographed by

Kimberley Rampersad


Jahlen Barnes, Divine Brown, Beau Dixon
Peter Fernandes, David Lopez, Sabryn Rock, Vanessa Sears

set & lighting design

Steve Lucas

sound design

Peter McBoyle

costume designer

Joanna Yu

production manager

Adrien Whan

stage manager

Jessica Severin

apprentice stage manager

Jordan Guetter 




The Opera House

735 Queen Street East 
Toronto, Ontario
M4M 1H2


If you are traveling by transit: Take the Yonge Subway to King Station, transfer to the 503 West Streetcar (towards York) and get off at Queen St East at Broadview Ave. Walk east, about 1 minute. The Opera House is located on the right.

Green P Parking Locations:
111 Broadview Avenue ($1.25/Half Hour)
136 Broadview Avenue ($1.00/Half Hour)



Smashes Broadway clichés with an electric guitar and the funniest libretto I can remember.

– New York Magazine

“Fresh, exuberant, bracingly inventive, bitingly funny, and full of heart.”

– New York Times

Call it a rock concert with a story to tell, trimmed with a lot of great jokes. Or call it a sprawling work of performance art, complete with angry rants and scary drag queens… I’ll just call it wonderful.

– New York Times



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Thank you to Tim Kinley & GROOVE MANEUVERS ARCHIVES for our
funky pre-show playlist.