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A Strange Loop, A Musical (Paperback)

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Phenomenal Media is thrilled to announce its role as co-producer for A Strange Loop, the Tony Award-winning musical now showing on Broadway. Buy your very own copy of the musical book!


Meet Usher: a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer…Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, blisteringly funny masterwork exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life onstage by a hilarious, straight-shooting ensemble. Bold and heartfelt in its truth-telling, A Strange Loop is the big, Black, and queer-ass Great American Musical for all!


“To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor. Which came first? A Strange Loop is complex, teasing, thrilling.” —Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker

“Jubilantly anguished… Gutsy… Michael R. Jackson is a very deft composer and lyricist.” —Ben Brantley, New York Times

“Brilliant… Harrowing…one-of-a-kind… Hyper-observant and hyper-verbal, Jackson lets his remorselessly satirical eye wander, to hilarious and devastating effect…What makes A Strange Loop so powerful, is not an attempt to find ‘our common humanity’ but an insistence on speaking its own idiosyncratic truth.” —Adam Green, Vogue

“An exhilarating cocktail of hilarious lyrical complexity… Michael R. Jackson is a musical talent with deep wells of invention.” —Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

 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. This blistering musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons—not least of which are the punishing thoughts in his own head—in an attempt to understand his own strange loop.


Michael R. Jackson holds a BFA and MFA in playwriting and musical theater writing from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His awards include the Jonathan Larson Grant, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a Whiting Award, and a Hull-Warriner Award. A Strange Loop is Michael’s professional debut. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2020.

Book Dimensions: 5.375 x 8.5 inches


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