Passing Strange

As of last night, I’m back from the desert, and after many showers, I think I might have actually removed all the alkaline dust from my body. But I’m not counting on it.

While I was gone, the Barnes and Noble Review published a brief take of mine on the soundtrack album to Passing Strange, the Broadway musical by and about Stew, the lead singer of the Negro Problem; you can read it here. It’s been a lot of fun seeing Stew succeed; the first time I saw him was in the smallest basement room of the Knitting Factory, and now he’s won a Tony. (Any claim I might have to Negro Problem cred is trumped by friends who had Stew stay on their couch (at his own invitation), of course.) I am shocked to see that classic Negro Problem albums such as Joys & Concerns have now gone out of print–what’s wrong with the world today?

(I’m only now working my way through my electronic backlog, so if you sent me an email or commented here while I was gone, it might take me a day or so to reply.)

posted 3 September 2008 in Outside, Reviews and tagged , , , . no comments yet

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