By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Spike Lee's in a giving mood. The director has agreed to film -- not exactly direct -- the Broadway musical Passing Strange. No, he won't be adapting the film, he will be shooting actual performances.
Spike Lee Bootleg's Passing Strange
Lee has it in mind to shoot three performances -- two with an audience and one without -- for the musical. While Passing Strange is loved by the critics, it continues to fall short on sales. Since beginning Rialto performances in February, the show has had difficulty attracting crowds, although the Tony win on June 15 did boost weekly box office into the higher end of the $200,000 range for a couple of frames.
By bringing the project to cable, more people will have a chance to see it.
Passing Strange centers on young black artist from L.A. who flees his middle-class upbringing and heads to Amsterdam and Berlin in an attempt to find himself. Show originated at Berkeley Rep in 2006 and played last year at Off Broadway’s Public Theater.