Passing Strange

Regional Premiere

April 13-May 13

Book/Lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
In collaboration with Annie Dorsen

*Contains mature content. Language, simulated sex and drug use.

“Life is a mistake that only art can correct.” – Passing Strange

From the same creative team that brought you “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at The Aurora Fox comes PASSING STRANGE, a modern gospel/funk/rock coming of age story, reminiscent of Dorothy’s fabled journey to the land of Oz.

Written by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, our young male protagonist leaves the comforts of his mother’s home in South Central L.A. and goes on a soul-searching journey that takes him to the hash dens of Amsterdam and the riot-ridden streets of Berlin, all in search of “the real.”

It’s a beautifully moving journey filled with incredible high-energy music, beautiful ballads and a bevy of characters that help the young man find his way to the “real” that he’s been searching for, even if the results weren’t quite what he had expected.

Winner of the 2008 Tony Award, this highly conceptual musical was hailed as “bursting at the seams with melodic songs” by The New York Times and “a brilliant work” by The New Yorker.


REVIEW | BroadwayWorld | Aurora Fox’s PASSING STRANGE is Exceptional

REVIEW | Aurora Sentinel | “Passing Strange” ends Aurora Fox season on the highest of notes

REVIEW: Denver Theatre Perspectives

Meet the Cast

*TRENT ARMAND KENDALL (Stew/Narrator) – BROADWAY/NEW YORK: Into The Woods, All-Star Hair, Chess in Concert, Purlie!, Wizard of Oz; OFF-BROADWAY Bat Boy the Musical [Outer Critic’s Circle Award], Nunsense A-Men!; LONDON’S WEST END: Five Guys Named Moe, Hey Mr. Producer!; REGIONAL: The Cocoanuts (Guthrie Theater), Thunder Knocking on the Door (Cincinnati Playhouse), Ain’t Misbehavin (Cape Playhouse), Children of Eden (American Premiere), TOUR: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat w/ Donny Osmond (Canadian Premiere), The Color Purple, Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ (1st National Tour). Trent is also the writer, producer and star of PICTURE INCOMPLETE, making it’s Canadian Premiere in 2018 and LOUIS-AND-ELLA!, which recently enjoyed a sold out mini-tour and has sights set for New York City, directed by Jeff Whiting.

Trent is honored to make his Denver debut at the The Aurora Fox in Passing Strange. He is an actor/writer/producer/international headliner & recording artist with three acclaimed solo albums including his recent release Trent Armand Kendall: Brass ILLUSION featuring his 10-piece ensemble and fusion of jazz, blues, pop/rock and r&b. He recently debuted Trent Armand Kendall’s Reluctant Holiday Jam! for New Jersey’s Luna Stage, starred as Mr. Bones in the Los Angeles and The Phoenix Theater premiere of The Scottsboro Boys (Ovation Award, L.A.). Kendall also recently supplied the voice of Audrey II in the Gateway Playhouse revival of Little Shop of Horrors and is developing a new play starring as the misunderstood Uncle Remus.

TV/Film/Radio: Iron Fist (Netflix), Blue Bloods (CBS), Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Strangers With Candy (Comedy Central), Pink Panther (MGM), VH1, Five Guys Named Moe (VCI), Hey Mr. Producer! (PBS), Trent Armand Kendall’s Broadway Download (CWRN). Kendall is the frontman of the celebrated 10-piece jazz orchestra, Brass

*SHERYL MCCALLUM (Mother) – Sheryl McCallum is making her Aurora Fox Debut. She was last seen as Delores in Denver Center’s Off-Center production of The Wild Party. Other local credits include Ruby Baxter in I’ll Be Home For Christmas, ensemble member in Jesus Christ Superstar, both at Arvada Center and Elegua in Marcus: Or The Secret Of Sweet at Curious Theatre. Sheryl has performed in NYC on Broadway in Disney’s The Lion King and several City Center Encores! Productions and has appeared in numerous regional theatre productions. European Tour: Blackbirds of Broadway. TV: Golden Boy; Law and Order.

JOSEPH LAMAR (Youth) – In addition to being an actor and a singer, Joseph is a songwriter, producer and instrumentalist who creates genre-defying, interdisciplinary musical experiences. Last year he self-released his debut album “Quarter-Life Righteous.” He’s currently working on a new album called “SIN.”

Passing Strange is Joseph’s 7th show with the Fox, including Porgy and Bess and Once On This Island.

RANDY CHALMERS (Mr. Franklin/Joop/Mr. Venus) – Randy is grateful to be returning to the Aurora Fox stage, where he was last seen in The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. He is a 2017 True West Award recipient, most notably known for his several turns as Seaweed J. Stubbs and was most recently seen in the world premiere of Totally Awesome 80s Ski Town, USA (Backstage Theatre). Other credits include In The Heights as Benny (Town Hall Arts Center) and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid (Inspire Creative). Thank you Nick, Donna, Jen, the production team and all who’ve shown their love and support both on stage and off.

FAITH ANGELISE GOINS-SIMONS (Edwina/Marianna/Sudabey) – Faith is grateful and honored to return to The Fox, after last being seen in The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. She was the first person of color to graduate from DU’s Lamont School of Music, majoring in musical theater. Some of her other hats include coaching junior Olympic gymnastics, choreographing and being a wife and mother. Performance venues include Pepsi Center, Fillmore Auditorium (Chance the Rapper), Aspen Tent, Red Rocks (Josh Groban), Arvada Center, Town Hall, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Breckenridge Riverwalk and many more. In the NBA world she was known as “Tumbleena” with the Denver Nuggets, but her most gratifying role is “mama”. Our baby Syer Peace recently passed away at 13 months. I encourage all to spread peace, love and joy everywhere you go. Your greatest pain can be your greatest strength! To my 5 month old baby Ma’Syah, thank you for giving mommy a second chance!! Love you Hubby, in this life and beyond!

SHANE FRANKLIN (Terry/Hugo/Christophe) – Shane “SF1” Franklin, is a drummer, music producer, dancer, actor and national Grammy considered recording artist who began his career in performance. Born in Denver, Shane started as a member of the drama group and the youth choirs in church. A graduate of Denver School of the Arts, he continued his education at Berklee College of Music. He has been in commercials and productions such as Cleo Parker Robinson’s Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, Glimpses: Portraits of the Soul, Colorado Opera’s Porgy and Bess, Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise and portraying DJ in the upcoming motion picture Lot 24, to name a few. Shane plans to continue to inspire and touch the world with his music, acting and performance ability as a whole.

KATHERINE PAYNTER (Sherry/Renata/Desi) – Katherine is beyond grateful to have this mark her first production with The Aurora Fox! She was last seen in the ensemble with Performance Now’s production of The Wedding Singer and as one of the dynamites in Breckenridge Backstage’s production of Hairspray. Her various other local credits include: Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Platte Valley Players), Harlem ensemble in Ragtime (Performance Now), Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot (Ignite Theatre) and in the ensemble of Dreamgirls (Ignite Theatre). Katherine is currently ‘flying the friendly skies’ as a flight attendant for a major airline. She is overjoyed and blessed to be working with such a fantastic ensemble and to be given the chance to dive into this show. Katherine is excited for the Denver community to live and breathe within this production – as it is truly something special! Lastly, she would like to extend gratitude to her Mom, Kelly, for her constant love and support from afar. And, as always, this is for you, Dad.

PASSING STRANGE plays on The Aurora Fox Mainstage:

Fridays: Apr 13 (opening), 20, 27, May 4, 11  7:30 pm

*Saturdays: Apr 14, 28, May 5, 12  7:30 pm

Sundays: Apr 22, 29, May 6, 13   2:00 pm

Thursdays: Apr 19, 26, May 3, 10  7:30 pm

*There is no performance on Saturday, April 21, due to the Aurora Fox annual Gala


Orchestra Center: $37

Orchestra Left/Right: $33

Balcony: $33

Military/Seniors: $60+: $26

Students: $26 ($18 on Thursdays)

Theatre Industry: $26 ($18 Thursdays)

Box Office: 303-739-1970

Box Office Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and one hour before each production

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