The rock musical “Passing Strange,” created and performed by members of the indie band Stew and The Negro Problem, started at the Berkeley Rep and went on to win a Tony Award on Broadway. A movie version was later directed by Spike Lee. The band recently released their first album since their success on Broadway. We talk with composer and frontman Mark Stewart, AKA Stew.

Mark Stewart, performer and composer with Stew and The Negro Problem

  • Linda Evan

    loved this interview. It brought back many memories of growing up in LA in the 1950s

  • Deb

    Loved this interview, and love this band, but I’m wondering what songs tomorrow’s show will highlight? Will this be an interview at the JCCSF or a concert? Highlighting “Making It” songs or even newer stuff?

  • Linda Evan

    loved this program. Clearly, Dave, enjoyed the interview as well. It brought back memories of growing up in LA in the 1950s

  • Claire at the JCC

    If anyone still needs tickets to the show at the JCC tomorrow, we have a few left.


    Power to the Problem !


    John Lee Hook Line :: Boogie Chillun
    One night I was layin’ down,
    I heard mama ‘n papa talkin’
    I heard papa tell mama, let that boy boogie-woogie,
    it’s in him, and it got to come out
    And I felt so good,
    went on boogie’n just the same

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