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About A Strange Loop on Broadway

Meet Usher: a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer...

Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning, blisteringly funny masterwork exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life on stage by a hilarious, straight-shooting ensemble. Bold and heartfelt in its truth-telling, A Strange Loop is the big, Black, and queer-ass Great American Musical for all! Nominated for eleven Tony® Awards including best musical.

“Some of the most vital work in American theater.” –The New York Times “Exhilarating, vivacious and funny.” –The Washington Post

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Two years after the world premiere of A Strange Loop off Broadway, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is now circling back to New York for its Broadway debut! Get A Strange Loop tickets on TodayTix now.

The A Strange Loop musical is inspired by the life of its creator, Michael R. Jackson, a Black, gay man who worked as a theatre usher while trying to make it as a writer in his 20s. Though the show isn't strictly autobiographical, there are certainly parallels: Usher, the protagonist of A Strange Loop, is a Black, gay, 20something theatre usher (hence the name) who hates his day job and wants to be a writer. In his spare time, he's writing an original musical...about a Black, gay man who hates his day job and wants to be a writer. Such is the "strange loop" that Usher finds himself in, like an infinity mirror for his career.

Besides needing to make ends meet, Usher faces a host of other challenges to his success as a writer: namely, his rather unforgiving thoughts that make him question his appearance, his talent, and his self-worth at every turn. The entirety of A Strange Loop is set inside Usher's mind, where his candid thoughts are personified as an all-Black, all-queer ensemble. A Strange Loop sees Usher fighting his inner demons so he doesn't torpedo his own success. (And, occasionally, taking their side, such as when he's offered a writing gig that his unsupportive parents love, but he absolutely hates.)

The A Strange Loop Broadway production is the third major run of the show in the past three years. In 2019, the musical made its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway and earned nearly 20 awards, including multiple Best Musical nods. A Strange Loop then opened at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in fall 2021 for its pre-Broadway tryout, earning acclaim there as well. Now, once again directed by Stephen Brackett and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, and with the whole D.C. cast in tow, A Strange Loop is making its long-awaited Broadway bow at the Lyceum Theatre.

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  • The musical shares a title with the Liz Phair song "Strange Loop," which inspired Jackson, and a scientific phenomenon coined by the scholar Douglas Hofstadter. According to Hofstadter, a "strange loop" happens in hierarchical systems: A person can move up or down the ranks of power and status, but they always find themselves back where they began.
  • When A Strange Loop won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it became the 10th-ever musical to win, the first musical by a Black person to win, and the first-ever musical to win before running on Broadway.
  • Among the many similarities between Michael R. Jackson and his A Strange Loop protagonist, Usher, is that both share a name with a famous singer. (Jackson sometimes goes by "the living Michael Jackson" on social media to differentiate himself from the King of Pop — who also has a current Broadway musical dedicated to him!)
  • Some Black artistic icons make cameos in A Strange Loop as characters, like James Baldwin and Whitney Houston. Jackson has also written in references to other famous musicals, including The Color Purple, The Lion King, and Stephen Sondheim's Company (which is also currently being revived on Broadway). Can you spot them?
  • Fans of the recent tick, tick... BOOM! film might see some similarities between that story, of a young Jonathan Larson trying to write a hit musical, and Usher's journey as a writer in A Strange Loop. Coincidentally, Jackson once received the Jonathan Larson Grant in support of his own work!
Start date

April 14th, 2022

Genre

Musical

Venue

Lyceum Theatre

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