Reviews: What Did Critics Think of A Strange Loop's Broadway Debut? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of A Strange Loop's Broadway Debut?

The Pulitzer-winning musical by Michael R. Jackson opened April 25.

Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop officially opened on Broadway April 26 at the Lyceum Theatre, and the reviews are in. Watch highlights from the musical, led by Jaquel Spivey in his Broadway debut, above.

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Spivey leads the cast as Usher, a young, Black, gay theatre writer grappling with his toxic inner thoughts while trying to write a musical about a young, Black, gay theatre writer grappling with his toxic inner thought while trying to write a musical about... and on and on.

The cast also features Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, and Jason Veasey, all reprising their performances from the Off-Broadway production.

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Read the reviews below.

AMNY (Matt Windman)

Associated Press (Mark Kennedy)

CitiTourNY (Brian Scott Lipton)

Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

Entertainment Weekly (Dave Quinn)

The LA Times (Charles McNulty)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Helen Shaw)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Stage Review (Bob Verini)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Juan Michael Porter II)

The New York Times (Maya Phillips)

Observer (David Cote)

Queerty (Matthew Wexler)

Slant (Dan Rubins)

The Sun (Elysa Gardner)

Theatrely (Joey Sims)

TimeOut NY (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Naveen Kumar)

The Washington Post (Peter Marks)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Playbill will continue to update this article as reviews are published.

Rounding out the company as understudies are Edwin Bates, Kyle Ramar Freeman, Jon-Michael Reese, and Mars Rucker.

Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill) directs the production, with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly (Suffs), scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costumes by Montana Levi Blanco, lighting design by Jen Schreiver, sound design by Drew Levy, hair, wig, and makeup design by Cookie Jordan, music supervision by Rona Siddiqui, orchestrations by Charlie Rosen, vocal arrangements by Jackson, and casting by The Telsey Office's Destiny Lilly. Tomoko Akaboshi is music coordinator, and Chelsea Pace is intimacy director.

See New Production Photos of A Strange Loop


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