The world premiere of Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop opens at Playwrights Horizons June 17 after beginning performances May 24. The new musical explores the thoughts of Usher, a Black, queer writer working a job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a Black, queer composer working a job he hates while writing his original musical.
A Strange Loop features a book, music, and lyrics by Jackson (2017 Jonathan Larson Award and 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winner), direction by Be More Chill’s Stephen Brackett, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.
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The company of A Strange Loop is made up of Antwayn Hopper (Hair, The Loophole, A Civil War Christmas) as Thought #6; James Jackson, Jr. (The Black-Ups, Radio City Christmas Spectacular) as Thought #2; L Morgan Lee (Defiant, Majestic, and Beautiful, Broken Bride; Jesus Christ Superstar) as Thought #1; John-Michael Lyles (This Ain’t No Disco, Sweeney Todd, The Flick) as Thought #3; John-Andrew Morrison (The Tooth of Crime, The Greenwich Village Follies; Marley, The Musical) as Thought #4; Larry Owens (Gigantic; Grease; Dreamgirls) as Usher; and Jason Veasey (The Lion King; The Loophole; For the Last Time) as Thought #5.
Performances are currently scheduled through July 7 at Playwrights. For more information visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org.