January 24 – February 5, 2017

Vanessa Sears, David Lopez, Divine Brown, Jahlen Barnes, Peter Fernandes, Sabryn Rock, Beau Dixon. Racheal McCaig Photography.

Passing Strange

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


Book and Lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen
Produced by The Musical Stage Company Company & Obsidian Theatre Company


directed by
Philip Akin

music directed by
Bob Foster

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

choreographed by
Kimberley Rampersad

production manager
Adrien Whan

stage manager
Jessica Severin

apprentice stage manager
Jordan Guetter


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  • WINNER! Outstanding Performance in a Musical (Male) – Beau Dixon – 2017 Toronto Theatre Critics Award
  • WINNER! Outstanding Performance in a Musical (Female) – Vanessa Sears – 2017 Toronto Theatre Critics Award
  • WINNER! Outstanding Performance (Male) – Jahlen Barnes – 2017 Dora Award