A Strange Loop (Broadway)
Open run 1h 40m
A Strange Loop (Broadway)
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A Strange Loop (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(297 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
6%
Negative
4%
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Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great writing

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

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Member Reviews (297)

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612 Reviews | 269 Followers
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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

450 Reviews | 126 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

375 Reviews | 227 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

409 Reviews | 61 Followers
86
Intense

See it if Emotional rollercoaster of racism, homophobia, anxieties, family, and sex looping around. Lets it get messy because that is real life.

Don't see it if New, very Black, queer, gay sex, profanity, N word, fat, religion, tackling societal -isms aren't your thing. No neat bowtie plot endings. Read more

399 Reviews | 45 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.

364 Reviews | 148 Followers
77
Creative, with more promise unfulfilled, Ambitious and poignant, Messy in places, Sometimes heartfelt and earnest, Often sophomoric and vulgar

See it if following (imaginatively) the progressive self-embracing of a big, Black, queer male artist (musical theatre writer) piques your attention.

Don't see it if you dislike dark humor, excessive sexuality, and/or the “n”-word (often repeated and put to music); AIDS- and faith-based jokes offend. Read more

260 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

333 Reviews | 87 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

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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