Spike Lee to Make Film Out of Live Musical

via Yahoo

NEW YORK – Spike Lee will film “Passing Strange,” Stew’s rock musical journey of self-discovery, during performances next week at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, it was announced Wednesday.

The movie, budgeted at about $2 million, will be shot July 19 at both the matinee and evening performances, Steve Klein, the film’s producer, said Wednesday at a news conference. The stage production will also be filmed at two other times in the theater without audiences present.

“Musicians are the greatest artists on this Earth,” said Lee, a big fan of the musical since seeing it at the Public Theater last year. “What we are really doing is really a hybrid. We are filming the play.”

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