The Pulitzer- and 2022 Best Musical Tony Award–winning musical A Strange Loop finishes its Broadway run January 15 at the Lyceum Theatre. With a book, music, and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, the musical began previews April 14, 2022, and officially opened April 26. As of the final performance, the production will have played 13 previews and 293 performances.
Newcomer Jaquel Spivey, soon to star as Damian in the screen adaptation of the Mean Girls musical, 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.
Spivey is joined by Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, and Jason Veasey, all reprising their performances from the musical's 2019 Off-Broadway world premiere at Playwrights Horizons.
The show was 2022's Tony Award winner for Best Musical, and also won a Tony Award for Jackson's book. The 2019 Off-Broadway run led to the work winning the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, only the 10th musical to be awarded the honor and the first to have not played a Broadway run when the honor was bestowed.
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 Schriever, 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. Erin Gioia Albrecht is production stage manager.
A Strange Loop was produced on Broadway by Barbara Whitman along with Page 73 Productions; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Playwrights Horizons; Rona Siddiqui; RuPaul Charles; Don Cheadle; Jennifer Hudson; Mindy Kaling; Billy Porter; Ilana Glazer; Alan Cumming; Zach Stafford; Cody Renard Richard; Benj Pasek; Justin Paul; Hunter Arnold; Marcia Goldberg; Alex Levy & James Achilles; Osh Ashruf; A Choir Full Productions; Bridgid Coulter Cheadle; Paul Oakley Stovall; Jimmy Wilson; Annapurna Theatre; Robyn Coles; Creative Partners Productions; Kayla Greenspan, Grove Entertainment; Robyn Gottesdiener; Kuhn, Lewis & Scott; Frank Marshall; Maximum Effort Productions Inc.; Joey Monda; Richard Mumby; Marc Platt & Debra Martin Chase; Phenomenal Media & Meena Harris; Laurie Tisch; Yonge Street Theatricals; Dodge Hall Productions/JJ Malley; John Gore Organization; James L. Nederlander; and The Shubert Organization.