(June 28, 2011) Guthrie, Okla. - The Pollard Theater’s new musical and smash hit, Passing Strange, has spurred an enthusiastic demand to extend the show two more weeks. Audiences and critics agree, this musical is setting a new standard for the Oklahoma theatre community.  

“It’s the best work seen at the Pollard in a long time,” the Gazette’s Larry Laneer said. “When the theatrical year is tallied six months from now, if this does not get Best Musical, this will be one heck of a year for musicals.”

The Pollard’s talented and dynamic cast and musicians clearly match the intensity of singer-songwriter Stew’s semi-autobiographical story about a young black man who leaves behind middle class America in a search across Europe for “the real.”  

“All the show’s aspects are well done, but let’s put “outstanding” in front of every cast member’s name,” said Laneer.

The extraordinary story and performance only enhance the fact that every audience member can easily identify with the wandering youth’s search for personal and aesthetic fulfillment.

“Passing Strange has resonated with audiences unlike anything we’ve ever done,” said W. Jerome Stevenson, Artistic Director, co-music director and Narrator for the play. “The show is so universal and cathartic that it transcends race, age and background.”

Ultimately, Stevenson believes Passing Strange is too unique to be labeled something as confining as a play, or musical.

“I think Passing Strange is more an experience than a show,” Stevenson explained. “After every performance I’ve had the opportunity to meet audience members who share their experience with me and I’ve never been more proud of what theatre can do for people.”

Passing Strange contains some adult content, parental discretion is advised.

Passing Strange will run through July 9, 2011, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range in price from $15.00-25.00 and can be purchased online at www.thepollard.org or by calling (405) 282-2800 on Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Pollard Theatre, located at 120 W. Harrison Ave. in Guthrie, Oklahoma, is produced by the Guthrie Arts & Humanities Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Additional assistance is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Chelsea Mai