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Michael R. Jackson; photo by Zack DeZon

A Strange Loop

Mainstage Theater

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly

Produced in association with Page 73
World premiere

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

Antwayn Hopper — Thought 6
James Jackson, Jr. — Thought 2
L Morgan Lee — Thought 1
John-Michael Lyles — Thought 3
John-Andrew Morrison — Thought 4
Larry Owens — Usher
Jason Veasey — Thought 5

Scenic Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design: Montana Levi Blanco
Lighting Design: Jen Schriever
Sound Design: Alex Hawthorn
Hair and Wig 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


Interview: Making Thoughts Move

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)
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