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Passing Strange ()

Produced by

Obsidian Theatre Company and The Musical Stage Company

Book: Stew
Lyrics: Stew
Music: Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Director: Philip Akin

Created in Collaboration with Annie Dorsen


The Opera House


January 24th, 2017 – February 5th, 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.  (


Jahlen Barnes Youth
Divine Brown Mother
Beau Dixon Narrator
Peter Fernandes Terry / Christophe / Hugo
David Lopez Mr. Franklin / Joop / Venus
Sabryn Rock Sherry / Renata / Desi
Vanessa Sears Edwina / Marianna / Sudabey

Creative Team

Stew Book
Stew Lyrics
Stew Music
Heidi Rodewald Music
Annie Dorsen Collaborator
Philip Akin Director
Bob Foster Music Director
Kimberley Rampersad Choreographer
Steve Lucas Set Designer
Steve Lucas Lighting Designer
Joanna Yu Costume Designer
Peter McBoyle Sound Designer
Sean Mayes Apprentice Musical Director
Stephen Surlin Apprentice Sound Designer
Charles Azulay Apprentice Director
Ketrice Anderson Apprentice Costume Designer


Bob Foster Keyboard 1 / Guitar / Vocals
David Gray Keyboard 2 / Guitar / Vocals
Zoe Guigueno Bass Guitar / Vocals
Steven Foster Percussion / Vocals


Jessica Severin Stage Manager
Adrien Whan Production Manager
David Hoekstra Head of Properties
Laura Delchiaro Head of Wardrobe
William Fallon Production Sound Engineer
Jordan Guetter Apprentice Stage Manager
Samson Brown Apprentice Production Manager
Tiffany Astle Publicity
Jess Seguire Publicity