Stew and Heidi Rodewald
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. 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 music for Shakespeare’s Othello and Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (2010-12). Rodewald joined the band The Negro Problem in 1997, where she began a longtime collaboration with singer songwriter, Stew. She has collaborated with him in a range of capacities — as a co-composer, producer/arranger and performer. She is the co-composer with Stew of the musical Family Album which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the 2014 season, Notes of a Native Song, at Harlem Stage in 2015, Wagner, Max! Wagner!! at the Kennedy Center in 2015, and The Total Bent at The Public Theater, May 2016. Heidi is the composer of The Good Swimmer, with librettist Donna DiNovelli, presented by Prototype Festival January 2016 at the space HERE in NYC, and scored her first film I Dream Too Much, which had it’s world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. heidirodewald.com
Stew: Passing Strange, 2008 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Two-time Obie Award winner for same. Stew leads a band called Stew & The Negro Problem who are currently touring Notes of a Native Song, commissioned by Harlem Stage. His musical The Total Bent, co-composed with Heidi Rodewald, rocked the Public Theater in 2016. Fall 2017 will see two album releases from Stew & The Negro Problem: the cast album of The Total Bent and Notes of a Native Song. See Spike Lee’s film of Passing Strange.