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Daniel Breaker may be starring in “Passing Strange,” but don’t look for musicals on his resume. The Broadway rock opus, about a misfit teen’s identity crisis, is his first professional tuner. “Mostly I do heightened texts from before 1899,” he says.

But for this production, written by and featuring the indie musician Stew, Breaker’s background in the classics is an asset. “Shakespeare has a love of poetry and a sense of music in language, and that’s what Stew is interested in,” he explains.

Breaker’s character is as lyrical as the script. His name is simply Youth, and though he has specific traits, he also embodies general adolescent confusion.

It’s easy to turn symbolic characters into broad caricatures, but Breaker says his co-star helps him stay grounded: “Stew is not an old theater actor; he’s a rock star. Whatever he does every night is going to be brand new. It keeps me on my toes.”

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