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Spike Lee to film Broadway show

Spike Lee
Spike Lee won't change any of the cast or production

US director Spike Lee is planning to make a film of the award-winning Broadway musical Passing Strange.

Lee, known for movies such as Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing, will film the production on 19 July, along with two more performances without audiences.

The musical will then end its run in New York on the following day. It tells the tale of a young man's journey through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

Lee said he wanted "to do some things that have not been tried".

Passing Strange opened to critical acclaim in February at the Belasco Theatre.

The show received seven Tony Award nominations, winning a prize for storylines for its co-creator and star, Mark Stewart.

Producer Elizabeth Ireland McCann said: "Passing Strange has been an unparalleled experience for me as a lifelong theatre lover.

"We brought a show to Broadway and, at the very least, shook things up a bit," she added.

However, despite the good reviews, Passing Strange failed to attract the high audience numbers needed for a musical to stay open.


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