Joe's Pub Reopens Oct. 4 with Stew and Heidi: Songs From Passing Strange | Playbill

News Joe's Pub Reopens Oct. 4 with Stew and Heidi: Songs From Passing Strange
Stew, Heidi Rodewald and Jon Spurney celebrate the reopening of Joe's Pub, the intimate cabaret located within the Public Theater, Oct. 4.

Heidi Rodewald and Stew
Heidi Rodewald and Stew Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Stew and Heidi: Songs From Passing Strange featuring Jon Spurney will be presented at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.

"This intimate, acoustic set," according to press notes, "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."

"Joe's Pub is back and I don’t know how we survived three months without it," said Oskar Eustis, artistic director at The Public Theater, in a statement. "The renovated Pub is more beautiful and democratic than ever. And New York's greatest music venue is back in business."

"While we've missed having performances at Joe's these past three months," added Joe's Pub director Shanta Thake, "this summer's renovations have allowed us to expand on our commitment to excellence in offering the best possible experience to both the artist as well as the audience."

"The new decor is drawing on our 13-year history of performance at Joe's Pub," explained Joe's Pub, LLC designer Serge Becker who worked alongside Jason Volenec on the redesign, "but the much-loved look and feel of the room has been kept intact with a few fresh details and tweaks and with the major change being the layout of the venue. The theme is still an elegant modern cabaret space in a soaring neoclassical room." 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 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.

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