A Strange Loop (Broadway)
Open run 1h 40m
A Strange Loop (Broadway)
85

A Strange Loop (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(164 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
8%
Negative
4%
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Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great singing

Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork about a young artist grappling with identity.

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440 Reviews | 125 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

387 Reviews | 43 Followers
84
Intelligent, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if very specific genre show - well sung and staged by all involved. one feels for the main character. excellent show of a place and time

Don't see it if want a show about everyone, not just one person. may be too niche for most people - don't see schools doing this in the future.

254 Reviews | 597 Followers
60
Graphic, not suited for children!, Raunchy, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if You like theatre of the dysfunctional. Although much of the audience seemed enthralled, this piece did not resonate with me. NOT FOR KIDS!!

Don't see it if You want a light hearted musical comedy. This is a sad portrayal of a gay, overweight, man of color, who is emotionally self destructive. Read more

330 Reviews | 86 Followers
75
Quirky and raunchy, Funny, thought-provoking, Great performances and staging, Ambitious, totally honest writing, Raw, edgy, groundbreaking

See it if You're up for a clever, funny, extremely raunchy & explicit NC-17 musical, with subject & language rarely seen on a Broadway stage.

Don't see it if You're easily offended—specifically and especially by coarse or explicit gay or racist themes, language or actions. Read more

325 Reviews | 66 Followers
25
Dizzying, Profane, Indulgent

See it if People younger than me for whom this type of discourse resonates will find it a profitable experience.

Don't see it if Hearing words that are stricken from civil discourse tossed around on stage without purpose may entertain some, but not me.

281 Reviews | 60 Followers
93
Great lead performance, Great writing, Unapologetic, Smart, Bold

See it if You want to see a smart, well written musical that unapologetically addresses real life issues in bold, tuneful and thoughtful ways.

Don't see it if You are offended by frank handling of serious sexual and racial issues. Read more

234 Reviews | 37 Followers
86
Great music, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like fresh and meta. Breakthrough talent onstage.

Don't see it if You are person of deep faith who finds blaming conservative Christian followers distasteful.

231 Reviews | 74 Followers
100
Singular, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if Jackson is a singular writer who has crafted a sensational, hilarious, gutsy, beautiful show. It’s unforgettable.

Don't see it if This isn’t standard Broadway fare. So brace yourself for some intellectually challenging material and just…enjoy it. It’s wonderful.

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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AM New York
April 26th, 2022

"In spite of inventive touches, satirical humor, fluid production values, and songs full of both spark and sensitivity, 'A Strange Loop' ultimately falls victim to the perils of its own design, becoming so messy, whiny, confrontational, sexually explicit, and theoretical that it will probably turn off many theatergoers while invigorating and thrilling plenty of others."
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