Produced in association with Page 73 World premiere
USHER These are my memories / Of one lone black gay boy I knew who chose to turn his back on the Lord.
Usher is a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer 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 capture and understand his own strange loop.
2017 Jonathan Larson Award winner 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winner
Scenic Design: Arnulfo Maldonado Costume Design: Montana Levi Blanco Lighting Design: Jen Schriever Sound Design: Alex Hawthorn Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design: Cookie Jordan Orchestrations: Charlie Rosen Music Director: Rona Siddiqui Vocal Arrangements: Michael R. Jackson Music Coordinator: Tomoko Akaboshi Production Stage Manager: Erin Gioia Albrecht Assistant Stage Manager: John C. Moore
Writer Michael R. Jackson and choreographer Raja Feather Kelly discuss this bold new musical’s development and the movement inspired by the show’s principal character and sextet of black, queer performers who embody and embolden Usher’s frantic, incessant “Thoughts.” (Emily Penick, Musical Theater Fellow)