Anthony Manough is a Howard University alum experiencing a homecoming all his own. A native Washingtonian, who trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts before attending Howard University, he is an accomplished stage actor who has traveled the world honing his craft. His credits include Disney’s The Lion King, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Songs for a New World and taking on the role of Dromio in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Festival/LA.
But now this soulful son of Washington has returned as a featured artist to play the leading role in the Howard University Department of Theatre Arts production of Passing Strange alongside current Howard students with dreams of going where has already gone in his career. It is a fitting production for his return.
Written by Stew and Heidi, Passing Strange is a funky and fun semi-autobiographical musical about a young Black man who grows up in suburban Los Angeles in the 1970’s who flees all that he has been taught in hopes that he’ll truly learn about himself and relearn about the world around him. Thoughtful dialogue and roaring and passionate songs move the audience with him through the show and his journey that takes him throughout Europe before he realizes where home is and how to define him.
The production of Passing Strange at Howard University is the first by a college or university. The show is directed by Eric Ruffin, with musical direction by Darius Smith and choreography by Princess Mhoon Cooper. Passing Strange will be performed in the Ira Aldridge Theater, Wednesday-Saturday, February 29, 2012 – March 10, 2012. Discount tickets are available for seniors and Howard alumni.