Stew, the Tony-winning creator of the groundbreaking rock musical Passing Strange about a young African-American ex-pat, returns with a tribute in song, text and video to Harlem-born author James Baldwin, who also famously decamped to Europe at the age of 24. Baldwin was an acclaimed writer (Go Tell It On the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son) and social activist, whose works challenged and explored racial, sexual and class issues of the '50s and '60s. Notes of a Native Song pays homage to Baldwin through Stew's his own magical mix of poetic lyrics and perfectly-crafted pop-rock, co-composed and performed with his longtime creative partner Heidi Rodewald, as well as their famed band, The Negro Problem. This is the latest Curran: Under Construction event, in which audiences gather on the historic San Francisco stage itself for exciting, intimate performances.
The show runs approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.
Please see the show’s website for info on special events related to this run.