Stew & Heidi

Stew & Heidi perform "Black Men Ski" at TED.

PBS Great Performances
Behind The Scenes of Passing Strange
Stew & Heidi interviewed by Spike Lee.

Stew and The Negro Problem perform Making It
at Cleveland Playhouse.


Stew & Heidi perform "Curse" at Joe's Pub.

Stew and Passing Strange on The View.
(Introduced by Whoopi Goldberg.)


STEW’s work includes Passing Strange, for which he received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and four other Tony nominations, including Best Musical. He is also a two-time Obie Award winner for Passing Strange. Spike Lee shot a feature film of the Broadway production of Passing Strange and it rocked selected theaters throughout the US before debuting on PBS’ Great Performances in 2009. Stew leads a band called Stew & The Negro Problem, whose eight albums have attracted much critical acclaim and numerous “Album of the Year” awards. Stew and Heidi Rodewald, his two-time Obie Award-winning collaborator, created Making It, a song-cycle for rock band and video, which was commissioned by and performed at St. Ann’s Warehouse in February 2010. In October 2010, Brooklyn Omnibus, another live song-cycle with video, was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and performed there. The Total Bent, a new musical developed at the Public Theater Lab in the winter of 2012, finished a run at the Public in the summer of 2016, after being extended twice. January 2012 saw the release of the music from Making It by The Negro Problem on their new label Tight Natural Productions. Stew’s work has been featured on multiple occasions at Lincoln Center, the United Nations, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Getty Museum, Hammer Museum, UCLA Live, Seattle Repertory Theater, NPR, and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

HEIDI RODEWALD is the Tony Award-nominated, Obie Award-winning co-composer of the musical Passing Strange, which transferred from The Public Theater to Broadway in 2008. She is a Sundance Institute alumna and the co-writer with Stew of the screenplay We Can See Today. Rodewald composed music for Karen Kandel’s Portraits: Night and Day (2004); Brides of the Moon by The Five Lesbian Brothers (2010); and co-composed with Stew music for Shakespeare’s Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet (2010-12). Rodewald joined The Negro Problem in 1997, and since then has worked alongside Stew, performing, producing, arranging, and composing. She is currently working on a new musical, The Good Swimmer, with librettist Donna DiNovelli and director Kevin Newbury, which had its first workshop at Bowdoin College. She is the co-composer of the new musical The Total Bent, which just finished a successful run at The Public Theater.


Management & Booking
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442-D Lorimer Street #150
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Select Press Quotes

"It's a given that an African-American who fronts a group called The Negro Problem has a well-developed sense of mischief. But it's Stew's lush sense of melody and witty, journalistically detailed lyrics that make his second album . . . a true treat for those who care about innovative, thought-provoking lyrics."

 — Entertainment Weekly
"Stew and Ms. Rodewald shape punchy melodies and solid musical hooks for his lyrics, which are often tartly satirical."
— Charles Isherwood, New York Times
"Making It is unlike the mass of indie albums that will come out this year. Its emotion is real and present, its imagery intentionally rich, its range and arc dramatic."
Select Press Links
Stew Pays a Debt to James Baldwin with Notes of a Native Song
- American Theater
After Passing Strange, Projects Abound
- New York Times
Stew: Making It After A Tough Breakup
- Fresh Air (NPR)
Stew & The Negro Problem, Making It
- popmatters
183 Minutes With Heidi Rodewald and Stew
- New York Magazine