Good news! Spike Lee’s documentary of Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s fantastic rock musical, Passing Strange, is screening at Sundance:

More than 20 years after making his first splash with “She’s Gotta Have It,” Spike Lee is finally going to make it to Sundance. His belated debut — in the 25th year of the Sundance Film Festival — comes as director and co-producer of the film version of “Passing Strange,” the stage musical by L.A. indy-rockers Stew (Mark Stewart) and Heidi Rodewald that took an unlikely passage from New York’s nonprofit Public Theater to Broadway in February. It ran for 165 performances at the Belasco Theatre, with Stew nabbing a Tony Award for best book of a musical before it closed July 20.

I saw the shows several times at the Public, on Broadway, and have also seen Stew perform his cabaret act a couple times at Joe’s Pub (where he does the Sundance-appropriate song “Black Men Ski.”) If you haven’t heard his eponymous albums or those with his band, The Negro Problem, you really need to.

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