A playwright, composer and lyricist, Jackson made waves throughout the theater world for A Strange Loop and its riveting depiction of a gay Black man’s desire to free himself from his innermost thoughts.
American Theatre A Strange Loop Takes a Victory Lap That Was Years in the Making
When he put “Broadway” in a song lyric, Michael R. Jackson was unwittingly naming the destination, and the destiny, for his unapologetically Black and queer musical, which won the Best Musical Tony last night.
Through its lengthy development process, A Strange Loop underwent countless loop the loops of revisions, workshops, and more revisions. Here, its key players detail the dizzying path to production — and the sense of déjà vu that drove its success.
Michael R. Jackson Makes Musical Theater for the Revolution
For GQ’s Give It Up series, playwright and composer Michael R. Jackson talks about the importance of Musical Theatre Factory, the organization devoted to underrepresented voices that first produced his Pulitzer Prize–winning musical A Strange Loop.