The Tony Award-winning musical “Passing Strange” drew raves — and crowds — last summer when it debuted in Washington at Studio Theatre, even though it was missing one very important player: its writer, inspiration and Broadway star, the performer Stew.
This weekend, the theater finally offers fans of the border-hopping, stereotype-defying rock musical the next best thing to the Broadway show. Stew himself comes to the 14th Street NW theater Friday and Saturday to perform songs from the musical, along with his longtime collaborator and “Passing Strange” co-composer, Heidi Rodewald. Before he penned “Passing Strange,”his first contribution to the musical-theater oeuvre, he was a rock musician, so he’s no stranger to the spotlight. The best part: At $35, tickets for Songs of Passing Strange are a far cry from the average price of a Broadway ticket.