Stew and Heidi: Songs From Passing Strange featuring Jon Spurney will be presented Oct. 4 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.
"This intimate, acoustic set," according to the venue's official website, "will explore songs from this hit show as well as songs that were cut from the show and songs never before heard on a New York stage."
Passing Strange features a Tony Award-winning book by Stew, lyrics by Stew and music by Stew and his longtime musical partner Heidi Rodewald of The Negro Problem. With the aid of director and collaborator Annie Dorsen, Passing Strange incorporates autobiographical 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.
The new musical began Broadway previews Feb. 8, 2008, and officially opened at the Belasco Feb. 28, following an extended run at the Public Theater in 2007. Upon its final show, Passing Strange played a total of 20 previews and 165 regular performances on Broadway.
Passing Strange made its uptown transfer to Broadway after an engagement at Berkeley Rep and a lauded run at the Public Theatre in the summer of 2007. In addition to earning a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Passing Strange won the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Outstanding/Best Musical, garnered four Audelco Awards (including Best Musical Production of the Year) and found itself on the top ten lists of The New York Times and New York Magazine. For tickets, priced $30, visit www.Joespub.com.