A Strange Loop

A Strange Loop

Playwrights Horizons concludes its 2018-2019 off-Broadway season with the world premiere of new musical A Strange Loop, written by Michael R. Jackson and directed by Stephen Brackett.

Performances are staged at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)


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Running time: 
1hr 40mins (no intermission)
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About A Strange Loop:

Usher is a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson’s blistering, momentous new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons – not least of which, the punishing thoughts in his own head – in an attempt to break out of this strange loop.

Book, Music & Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Playwrights Horizons in association with Page 73
Stephen Brackett
Jen Schriever
Alex Hawthorn
Arnulfo Maldonado
Raja Feather Kelly
Montana Levi Blanco
Cast list:
Antwayn Hopper (as Thought #6), James Jackson, Jr. (as Thought #2), L Morgan Lee (as Thought #1), John-Michael Lyles (as Thought #3), John-Andrew Morrison (as Thought #4), Larry Owens (as Usher), and Jason Veasey (as Thought #5)
Other info:
Orchestrations by Charlie A. Rosen and Music Direction by Rona Siddiqui
A Strange Loop Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
May 24, 2019
Opening date: 
June 17, 2019
July 28, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Playwrights Horizons

416 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

Latest A Strange Loop News & Features

Larry Owens in A Strange Loop
A Strange Loop wins 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
May 5, 2020

The New York Theatre Guide congratulates Michael R. Jackson, who has been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his celebrated musical A Strange Loop and will receive a $15,000 reward. Produced by Playwrights Horizons in association with Page 73, A Strange Loop staged its world premiere off-Broadway from May through July 2019, opening to excellent reviews.

Our A Strange Loop Review

Michael R. Jackson, the living playwright, not to be confused with Michael Jackson the dead pop star, has written a new somewhat autobiographical musical A Strange Loop that is having its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons. But don’t discount the dead pop star angle too quickly. Being a young, black, queer, musical theater writer with the name of one of the most (in)famous pop music... Read more