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Spike Lee to film "Passing Strange"

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Yep, according to Entertainment Weekly, Spike is set to film my favorite Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.  That’s a coup if I ever saw one.  But, more importantly, my hat’s off to Stew, Heidi and the whole cast and crew.  This just means that even more people will get to experience "Passing Strange". If you still [...]

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"Passing Strange" wins a Tony!

Stew for takes home the Tony Award for "Best Book of a Musical".  While I’d hoped it would win "Best Musical," the fact that it was nominated in seven categories was an honor and an achievement.  Hopefully, the pre-Tony buzz and the exposure from performing on national TV will encourage many more people to see [...]

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"Passing Strange" live soundtrack now available on iTunes

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That’s right.  The live cast recording for our favorite Black rock musical is available on iTunes as of today.  So, if you still haven’t seen the musical–and haven’t been moved by the 18 award nominations it’s received–consider putting down your $11.99 to get a taste of what we’ve experienced. It’s an iTunes only situation right [...]

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"Passing Strange" Update: Now 18 reasons to see it

"Passing Strange" continues to rack up theater honors.  Last night, it picked up two Village Voice Obie Awards: BEST PERFORMANCE: Ensemble – de’Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stew BEST NEW THEATRE PIECE: Stew, Heidi Rodewald, Annie Dorsen, Passing Strange Also, check out this MTV News article that [...]

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Still haven't seen "Passing Strange"? Here's sixteen more reasons to go

It’s awards season on Broadway and our favorite Black rock musical, "Passing Strange," is in there with the best of them.  Check this out:  Tony Award nominations were announced earlier this week, and the musical picked up the following nods: BEST MUSICALBEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (Stew)BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED [...]

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"Passing Strange" cast album hits iTunes May 27

According to Variety, "Passing Strange" will be the first Broadway cast album to be offered exclusively on iTunes.  Sales start May 27, with a physical CD to follow sometime in July. Hat tip to Digital Media Wire for the heads-up.

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NYT raves about "Passing Strange"!

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As described by Bill Bragin when I ran into him at the opening night party for "Passing Strange," the review by the New York Times’ Charles Isherwood is tantamount to a "love letter".  Check this out: But please don’t call it a Broadway musical. You could scare away too many people who might actually enjoy [...]

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Ebonyjet.com's Maureen Mahon on "Passing Strange"

Check out Maureen’s interview with Stew on Ebonyjet.com.  Here’s the opening: For years, the singer/songwriter/guitarist known as Stew has led the band The Negro Problem and won accolades for his cleverly subversive lyrics and melodic arrangements. Now, he’s using the wit and attitude honed on the alternative rock circuit to expand the possibilities of the [...]

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"Passing Strange" rocks!

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Stew (l) and I after Saturday’s performance of "Passing Strange" Saturday night was wonderful because Bridgett and I got to see "Passing Strange" on Broadway.  It was great to see it again after so many months.  A full and receptive audience was in attendance.  I won’t ruin it for you, but will say that Stew [...]

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Stew: "I credit the people who loved me."

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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 [...]

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