The 62nd Annual Tony Awards – Press Room

Writer/performer Stew poses in the press room with his Tony for Best Book of a Musical for Passing Strange during the 62nd Annual Tony Awards held on June 15, 2008 in New York City.

A young black musician travels on a picaresque journey to rebel against his mother and his upbringing in a church-going, middle-class, South Central Los Angeles neighborhood in order to find “the real”. He finds new experiences in promiscuous Amsterdam, with its easy access to drugs and sex, and in artistic, chaotic, political Berlin, where he struggles with ethics and integrity when he misrepresents his background as poor to get ahead.

Along with his “passing” from place to place and from lover to lover, the young musician moves through a number of musical styles from a background of gospel to punk, and then blues, jazz, and rock. He finally returns home.

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