A Strange Loop (Broadway)
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A Strange Loop (Broadway)
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A Strange Loop (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(839 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
7%
Negative
4%
Members say
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy

About the Show

Michael R. Jackson’s Tony Award-winning new musical about a young artist grappling with identity.

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891 Reviews | 259 Followers
95
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want a small Broadway musical with a big heart that speaks to issues one confronts from family, friends and strangers when different.

Don't see it if you do not like honesty presented with humor, current language and song.

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
92
Musical about usher/u, a self-doubting young black queer man whose parents condemn his queerness writing a musical about that self-same man; magnificent!

See it if hilariously meta/moving; U's anxieties brilliantly personified by various actors; sharp satire religious homophobia; brilliant Ensemble&Lead

Don't see it if few memorable tunes or lyrics; some may be turned off by subject matter Read more

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
74
Overrated, Edgy, Ambitious, Profound, Great writing

See it if you enjoy meta shows or those with deeply introspective characters wrestling with their identities.

Don't see it if you only like traditional narratives or graphic discussion of sex acts and race make you uncomfortable.

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
1
Disappointing, Sad, Disgusting

See it if You have seen every other show and want to add another one to your list.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a very preachy and whiny show.

512 Reviews | 79 Followers
99
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if No ifs about it. See it.This is what theatre is all about--entertaining, insightful, touching, current.Performances are beyond great.Just go

Don't see it if you are a bigot.Actually you are exactly who should see it.Open your eyes to the challenges of being black, of being gay, of being young. GO

484 Reviews | 130 Followers
85
Tuneful, Hopeful, Walk a mile in his shoes, Jagged, Something you've never seen before

See it if desire moment of self recognition that you can uncomfortably travel in someone else's shoes, bridge acceptance gap of someone else's story

Don't see it if can't travel in someone else's shoes, can't accept cultural/sexual/human differences, don't want to hear about them, love Tyler Perry

418 Reviews | 256 Followers
90
Moving, Edgy, Heartfelt, Great cast, Original

See it if interested in a meta show about an overweight,queer,black musical theater writer. Funny, smart, unsettling, heartbreaking, joyous, raunchy.

Don't see it if homophobic, closed minded, looking for more traditional subject matter, fan of Tyler Perry. Some problems with sound design. Read more

Nic
470 Reviews | 91 Followers
84
Creative, Thought-provoking, Original, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you’d enjoy a hilarious, sometimes gut-punching look into the inner thoughts of one man, witnessing his hopes, fears, dreams & insecurities

Don't see it if you want something with less substance and more popcorn.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
April 26th, 2022

"It seems as if there is no measure of praise that could be too much; after all, this is a show that allows a Black gay man to be vulnerable onstage without dismissing or fetishizing his trauma, desires and creative ambitions. Now that’s some radical theater."
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Time Out New York
April 26th, 2022

" In a Broadway landscape dominated by shows that often seem designed by corporations for audiences of focus groups, Michael R. Jackson’s musical is the defiant product of a single and singular authorial vision. This wide-ranging intravaganza takes a deep dive, often barely coming up for breath, into a whirlpool of ambition and frustration as Jackson's seeming alter ego—a queer, Black writer-composer named Usher (Jaquel Spivey)—struggles to define himself amid traps of sex, race, family, body image, religion and entertainment. It’s screamingly funny and howlingly hurt, and it’s unmissable."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 26th, 2022

"We know what happens to Usher because we know what happens to Michael R. Jackson. But the musical doesn’t know that yet — and at this point, the fabulous, piety-smashing 'Loop' still feels as exhilarating as your first trip on the merry-go-round."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 26th, 2022

"Jackson's work reveals itself in new and exciting ways at every turn, endlessly keeping the audience on their feet. His score is packed with maddening melodies and clever rhymes. It's a fresh, erratic, and inspiring first work that's both wildly specific and incredibly human."
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Variety
April 26th, 2022

-"Even truth can be subjective, but 'A Strange Loop' doesn’t stoop or pander to solicit understanding and empathy. Undoubtedly there are details that may elude typical (read: white, straight, affluent) Broadway theatergoers, language and references specific to Black and/or queer culture presented here without explanatory commas. While 'A Strange Loop' may feel 'radical' to some (in the parlance of Usher’s mom), to others it will be a rare and revolutionary moment of recognition."
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Deadline
April 26th, 2022

"Fluidly directed by Stephen Brackett, with Raja Feather Kelly’s clever choreography punctuating Jackson’s delightfully brash score, 'A Strange Loop' grabs hold of us the moment Usher concludes that funny introduction. If the show begins to lose a little steam – but just a little – towards the end, it’s only because Jackson has already made his points so clearly, pointedly and winningly."
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The Washington Post
April 29th, 2022

"The composer-lyricist already has that Pulitzer, but now he deserves the Tony. Spivey should get one, too. Heck, give 'A Strange Loop' a lot of Tonys. That’s only just, for the best Broadway musical of the season."
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New York Theatre Guide
April 26th, 2022

"Spivey ― who is vulnerable, sassy, inquisitive, and incendiary ― grounds their work, not because he overwhelms the stage through sheer power and vocal charisma, but because he knows how to pull back and allow us to come to him. His performance is a conversation between his onstage partners and the audience that shows us we will fail, and we can try again until we finally overcome our own strange loop. This is art as activism in its highest form."
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