The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop officially opens on Broadway April 26 after a COVID-delayed start of performances starting April 14 at the Lyceum Theatre. The musical, which had its world premiere Off-Broadway in 2019 at Playwrights Horizons, features a book, music, and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, who makes his Broadway debut with the production.
Newcomer Jaquel 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.
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.
A Broadway cast album is already announced with a release date to be determined.
The work played a pre-Broadway engagement at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre last year starring the entire now-Broadway cast.
A Strange Loop is 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.
Check out photos from the musical's D.C. run: