Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sometimes it just comes down to timing. Having now seen the four nominees for Best Musical, I'm convinced "Passing Strange" is going to win Sunday night.
There's a place in my heart for "Xanadu," which I saw in previews last June. It's fun, fun, fun and they've run an outstanding Tony campaign -- you gotta watch the videos -- (www.cubbybernstein.com) but I don't think they're going to pull it off.
"Passing Strange" -- a rock 'n roll musical -- takes a heartfelt look at the modern-day black experience through the eyes of an African-American who grew up in the middle-class Los Angeles neighborhood of Arlington Hills, the real-life Stew.
It's an amazing story told in a high energy style. I loved the music, the adventures along the way and the INTERESTING people who helped him become who he is today.
(And in keeping with the theme behind this year's Tonys -- his Mother plays a major role in the story.)
And finally, as America prepares to face its own racism in the upcoming Presidential election this show is perfectly timed.