Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop Broadway is already the toast of the 2021-2022 season. The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winning musical has earned eleven Tony nominations, more than any other show this year. And soon you’ll be able to participate in the fanfare without even having to snatch one of Broadway’s tickets. That’s right. A Strange Loop Broadway is heading to to Spotify.
The Tony Nominated Team
The Stephen Brackett-led production features a cast of all-star theater makers. Many of these, now Tony-nominated actors, happen to be making their Broadway debuts. Jaquel Spivey stars as Usher, in a debut rumored to make Spivey a household name.
Additionally, the cast also stars an incredible ensemble made up of Antwayn Hopper, L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, James Jackson, JR., John-Andrew Morrison, and Jason Veasey. The production is choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, known for his extensive Off-Broadway work at Signature Theatre, Soho Rep, and New York Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Horizons.
Big Broadway Names
According to Playbill, A Strange Loop Broadway has garnered an A-List producing team led by Barbara Whitman. Billy Porter, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Hudson, Mindy Kaling, and RuPaul Charles are just a handful of the superstar names hidden in the fine print above the marquis.
The Reviews Are In!
According to Zachary Stewart at Theater Mania (and everyone else in New York), A Strange Loop is “the best new musical of the Broadway season.”
He says, “[Michael R. Jackson] brings a much-needed rebel spirit to Broadway, pushing against the boundaries of acceptable discourse to show us that, like borders, they are only an illusion — a limitation on our free expression to which we all too often consent. The result is a triumphant assertion of individuality in a world that increasingly defines us by demography, largely for the purpose of selling us products and politicians.”
How to Listen
The original cast recording will be available on streaming platforms starting June 10, 2022. If you’re anxious to hear more; however, the A Strange Loop Broadway cast and creatives shared some behind-the-scenes footage. Take a look at the recording process on Youtube.
To say A Strange Loop Broadway is an electric, must-see debut is a grave understatement. For tickets and information, visit their website.