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home sweet home…

its a perfect circle: the same small stage that Heidi and I called home before PS
ends up being the same small stage that the entire cast/band of PS feels equally at home:
joe papp’s pub.
even the name makes sense: it’s a theater guy’s rock club.
this never occurred to me until now
but of course PS would get its start at a theater guy’s club.
where else?
and while the stage never felt smaller with 80 of us up there last sunday
it made perfect sense:
the spirit of this play comes from the intimate club experience.
the broadway stage is more BIG ROCK SHOW because its
more people and louder
but the old thrust theaters back at berk rep and the public
were actually more club-like in their intimacy.
That said,
Everybody said the show would “lose something”
when it transferred to the proscenium.
But i think it actually gained something.
It wasn’t wrong, just different.
Big Rock is fun too.
But nothing beats the club.
If only because you never have to remind people
That we’re all in this room together.


  1. bklyn grl2 wrote:

    Love being in this room with U & Passing Strange

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 9:32 am | Permalink
  2. thetinymagic2 wrote:

    Stew. these girls, age 8 and 5 are my favorite super fans, so far!! I have met them and their cool Dad, and they are coming to the last show. The five year old, Lucy, will probably be screaming ‘ROCK SHOW AT THE BELASCO!!! ROCK SHOW AT THE BELASCO!! while jumping up and down wildly on her booster cushion.
    from BWW, The Official PS Love Thread (Scaryotypes Unite!)

    “The Official Passing Strange Love Thread! – gregj63 Jul 12, 04:26 PM
    My kids (8 & 5) cried when they heard our favorite show was closing. They don’t read the grosses (not yet, at least), so couldn’t see the inevitable end in sight. But it has been great to introduce them to some music and performers they otherwise would likely have never seen, and learn about the cutting edge and the traditional in Broadway theater. And that the cast has been so friendly to them has made it all the better.”


    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 12:42 am | Permalink
  3. Marci wrote:


    Stew, Heidi,

    I don’t know if you remember me–Marci from San Diego. Plant
    biologist–used to always go see you guys at Java Joe’s in Ocean Beach.

    We are planning to head back east to see my parents the second week
    of August, so of course we were going to swing by the Belasco and
    catch a show.


    I’m so sorry that the show is closing, and bitterly disappointed that
    we will not have a chance to see it in its original run. I’m glad that Spike Lee is filming it
    and look forward to seeing the movie, but it won’t be the same.

    Looking forward to your next project.

    Once again, I’m sorry, but so thrilled that you guys hit the (really
    really) big time and garnered such glowing reviews and prestigious

    All the best,

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  4. Bernie wrote:

    I am looking into the future…I see surprise appearances at TNP /Stew and Cover problem gigs by Strange alumni…..I see it is a good thing…

    Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  5. shmuel wrote:

    so i downloaded the PS album and i listened to it like 5 times straight, I think. I’ll save my compliments because there are far more erudite and clever writers who have gave yall plenty of them, as they are well deserved. I just can’t figure out why I relate to the story so much.

    Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm | Permalink
  6. Michael wrote:

    I was stunned to hear that “Passing Strange” on Broadway was no more. I look forward to hearing of Stew’s next project.

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 5:08 am | Permalink
  7. Julia Brown wrote:

    Some lights burn too bright
    For others to gaze at comfortably.
    Their sight and senses get hurt
    And they blame the light
    for making their vision

    The best Art takes your life and hands it back to you in a big messy lump. The questions, though they may increase in number, at least are sharper, more articulate than they’ve ever been.

    And somehow, because of Art, the answers *feel* possible.

    Thank you. For being.

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
  8. kristy wrote:

    I love being reminded we’re all in this room together because we are. Forever. All together. Thanks Stew, PS rocked my ass off. Lucky for me I had my mom rocking right next to me. Thank you Lord. 🙂

    Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Permalink
  9. Barry Shank wrote:

    Stew, I don’t know how to get ahold of you any other way. But I want to contact you and/or your management about the possibilities of you, TNP, or some version of TNP participating in the 2009 meetings of the American Studies Association in Wash DC. If you could have whoever does this work for you write to me, I would love to discuss the possibilities.


    Friday, August 1, 2008 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  10. Hey Stew,

    Sad I couldn’t make it to the show. Patty and Kim gushed much love and appreciation about your show (listened to your records after and remembered old times – good times) anyway SO happy for your amazing road to the bright light. Have pic of you and Heidi on my photography website (hope that’s ok) have an old pic of you and Bebe from the same shoot too if you want me to send it to you (just email me). Anyway cheers and hope you come back to LA to visit and play. Say hi to Heidi for me!



    Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 1:17 am | Permalink
  11. Rob Galgano wrote:

    To Stew, Heidi, and the rest of the cast and crew,

    As a long-time fan of TNP, I find it amazing and thrilling that an indie rocker made it all the way to Broadway. My wife and I got to see your show this spring and enjoyed it thoroughly, but I felt strangely restrained somehow when sitting in the audience. Broadway is still not a rock club, I guess. It took me a while to figure out that “Arlington Hill” predated PS (as did another song or tow, right?) – those songs stuck with me for days.

    I’m listening to the cast album right now – ironic that it came out just as the show closed. I will be adding a number of songs to the rotation of my Live365 station because more people need to hear them. The songs stand both alone and together.

    Sorry that PS couldn’t stick around but if there’s a DVD release, I’m buying it!

    I look forward to your next musical move.

    Thank you for everything so far,
    Rob Galgano

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

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