Hosted by Katherine Lanpher, WNYC's "Must Have Festival" features various artists and activists who share and air their favorite music for listeners. Stew caps off the week-long festival, which has played host to environmental activist Majora Carter, choreographer John Jaspers, the New Museum of Contemporary Art's Lisa Phillips, and New York City Opera general manager and director Gerard Mortier.
Stew appears on WNYC's "Must Have Festival" at 7 PM Dec. 14 on 93.9 FM. The broadcast is also available online by visiting www.wnyc.org.
After premiering at the Public Theater in May, Passing Strange will make a Broadway debut Feb. 8, 2008, with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 28 at the Belasco Theatre.
Passing Strange features book and lyrics by Stew and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald. The Off-Broadway company, including de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones and co-creator Stew, will make the uptown transfer. Passing Strange co-creator Heidi Rodewald, along with Jon Spurney and Christian Cassan, also join as on-stage musicians.
The musical, according to press notes, "is the moving and hilarious story of a young black bohemian on a journey of escape and exploration that takes him from his middle-class, church-reared youth in South Central L.A. to the drug-laced world of sex in Amsterdam to the art and anarchism of Berlin — with a bevy of eye-opening experiences and life lessons along the way." The Broadway mounting of Passing Strange will be produced by The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Ireland McCann and The Public Theater.