Baldwin adds spice to the delicacy known as Stew

Dec 04

Baldwin adds spice to the delicacy known as Stew

Essentially, Notes of a Native Son is a rock show with a literary degree. Ini the words of Stew, the composer (with Heidi Rodewald), this 90-minute show is "not a musical nor a play with music. It's a song-cycle, a set, a concert, or put squarely, just a buncha songs with banter in between." And that about sums it up.

But what a description of the show itself can't convey is the sheer joy, the energy, the alive-ness of the music and feeling created by Stew and his band, the Negro Problem.

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Come on I wanna Leia: Fisher lands on Broadway

Apr 30

Another week, another Berkeley Repertory Theatre show going to Broadway. Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical solo show Wishful Drinking, directed by Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone, will open in October at — where else? — Studio 54, where it runs through Jan. 3. The show is produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with...

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Spike Lee to film `Passing Strange’

Jul 04

EW.com reports that filmmaker Spike Lee is so taken with Stew’s Broadway musical Passing Strange that he has raised money to film the show concert style. Here’s the short news item: Spike Lee is going to Broadway. The Oscar-nominated writer/director will be spending part of his July filming the Tony-winning production Passing Strange. Lee will film the...

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Great American musical roundup

Jul 03

  We have a tradition here at Theater Dogs, and that is to commemorate the Fourth of July by celebrating the greatest American art form: the musical. It was an interesting year on Broadway for new musicals. Below are reviews of cast albums for three of them (I passed on Little Mermaid because I love the movie soundtrack from Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman...

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Missing the Tonys

Jun 16

For the last four days I’ve been in Ashland, Ore., reviewing shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the San Francisco Chronicle (more on that later), and while the Tonys were on Sunday night, I was at the opening of a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Of course I’ll watch the whole awards show on TiVo when I get...

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