11th Hour Theatre Company continues its new NEXT STEP concert series with a concert version of Passing Strange with music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, and book and lyrics by Stew on Saturday, January 19-21 at Off-Broad Street Theatre (1636 Sansom Street). Directed by Michael Philip O'Brien with music direction by Alex Bechtel , this fourth-wall shattering, genre-bending musical features 2011 Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon and 11th Hour favorite Carl Clemons-Hopkins as well as Demetria Bailey,Adrienne Brown, Erin Fleming, Nichalas Parker, and Candace Thomas. This show marks McClendon's return to 11th Hour since winning the 2009 Barrymore for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for its production of Avenue X.
Performances are Saturday, January 19 at 8 PM; Sunday, January 20 at 3 PM; and Monday, January 21 at 7 PM. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for students and industry, and are available at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org or by calling 267-987-9865.
This heartfelt and hilarious story takes audiences on a whole new trip, as a young African-American man charts his course for "the real". A bohemian journey of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Passing Strange is one man's search for identity and the visceral human connection that is only possible through art.
"We are very excited to be introducing our NEXT STEP concert series this year which we hope will introduce audiences to challenging contemporary pieces and shed new light on some of our own favorite musicals," said 11th Hour Theatre Company's Producing Artistic Director Michael Philip O'Brien.
The NEXT STEP concert series continues with Andrew Lippa's Wild Party on March 9-11 and Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim on April 13-14.
11th Hour Theatre Company is dynamic, boutique company committed to producing high quality musical theatre that favors intimate, story-driven musicals over flashy, budget-busting spectacles. Now in its ninth season, the company has presented eight Philadelphia premieres and has received twenty-two Barrymore nominations and six awards, including two consecutive awards for "Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical" (The Bomb-itty of Errors, The World Goes 'Round) and several individual artist awards.
For further information, please call 215-735-7356.