This is a really special podcast, people. Not only did I get a few minutes to talk with Stew as "Passing Strange" is about to debut on Broadway, but we had an amazing discussion. The important question that we addressed was this: How do you create art that is universal, that is rooted in the Black aesthetic, but doesn’t pander or engage in tired cliches?
His answer is simple, yet powerful, and points to something that we’re all capable of. Of course, he also talks about the musical’s path to Broadway, its evolution to its current incarnation, and how he defines excellence.
If, after listening to this interview, you’re intrigued or inspired, I wholeheartedly encourage you to check out "Passing Strange". You won’t be disappointed: It’s a moving story, one that’s never been seen before. On top of that, the music is off the hook! In this post, you can find out what you have to do in order to get discount tickets.
Run, don’t walk, to see "Passing Strange". Remember: Let’s make it matter in the marketplace. Doing so will push Black rock a few steps closer to the mainstream.