The Joe's Pub concert is a homecoming for Passing Strange, which began life thanks to Joe's Pub director Bill Bragin, who initially approached Stew and Rodewald to create a musical after seeing their performances at the intimate venue. The musical would ultimately find a home at the Public Theater prior to making a transfer to Broadway.
Although the Tony-nominated musical recently announced it would shutter July 20, Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee will film the musical before a live audience at the Belasco Theatre on July 19.
The original Broadway cast album was recorded on April 14 in a live session held on the stage of the Belasco Theatre. The recording captures 24 songs from the musical as well as the applause and reactions from the live audience of friends and fans in attendance.
Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records president Kurt Deutsch and Bill Rosenfield serve as executive producers for the original cast recording, with Passing Strange songwriters Stew and Rodewald as the CD's producers. The track list for Passing Strange follows:
"Prologue (We Might Play All Night)"
"Baptist Fashion Show"
"Church Blues Revelation/Freight Train"
"Must Have Been High"
"Merci Beacoup, M. Godard"
"Keys (It's Alright)"
"We Just Had Sex"
"Berlin: A Bloke Hole With Taxis"
"May Day (There's A Riot Goin' Down)"
"What's Inside Is Just A Lie/And Now I'm Ready to Explode"
"The Black One"
"Come Down Now"
"Youth's Unfinished Song"
"Work the Wound"
"Love Like That"
Tickets for the concert, priced $25, are available by calling (212) 967-7555 or by visiting www.joespub.com.
Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.
Passing Strange features a Tony Award-winning book and lyrics by Stew and music by Stew and his longtime musical partner Heidi Rodewald of The Negro Problem.
The musical – which opened on Broadway Feb. 28 following a critically lauded run at the Public Theater last summer – features the original Public cast, including Stew, de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jones.
Passing Strange co-author Rodewald heads an onstage band that features Stew as well as Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan and Christian Gibbs.
The semi-autobiographical musical incorporates elements of Stew's life to tell the story of a young black bohemian who leaves behind his middle-class, church-ruled upbringing in Los Angeles to travel abroad in search of his artistic and personal identity.
Passing Strange's Broadway venture is produced by the Shubert Organization, Inc., Elizabeth Ireland McCann, the Public Theater and Berkeley Rep.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.TeleCharge.com. The Belasco Theatre is located at 111 West 44th Street in Manhattan.