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PBS picks up Spike Lee’s ‘Strange’

Film acquired at Tribeca fest will air in 2010

PBS’ “Great Performances” has acquired Spike Lee’s film adaptation of the rock musical “Passing Strange” out of the Tribeca fest and announced plans to air the project in 2010.

“Passing Strange” is the story of a young black man who leaves behind his middle-class upbringing in mid-1970s Los Angeles to travel to Europe, where he finds he can exploit his “South Central” persona. The play received seven Tony noms and won for book of a musical.

The producers of “Passing Strange” said they’re exploring a limited theatrical release for the film in the late summer or early fall.

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