Stew was first enlisted by Shakespeare On the Sound artistic director Joanna Settle to pen the score for A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2009 as part of Settle's inaugural year at the Connecticut company. The production resulted in an album of music from the al-fresco summer run that took place in Pinkney and Baldwin Parks in CT.
The Passing Strange star and creator was invited back in 2010 to create music for Othello and brought Rodewald on board to collaborate on the project. Settle revealed that Stew and Rodewald will now return to score Much Ado in 2011.
Settle will helm the production that will also welcome back set designer Andrew Lieberman and costume designer Tilly Grimes.
Dates of production and casting will be announced at a later date.
Othello currently runs through July 11 in Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT.
Stew earned the 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Passing Strange. He and Rodewald co-authored the score to the coming-of-age tale that was filmed by Spike Lee. The two presented their piece Making It at St. Ann's Warehouse last winter and will offer the premiere of Brooklyn Omnibus at BAM's Next Wave Festival in October.
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