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54 Below announced it’s newest “New Musicals at 54,” this time featuring Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop. New Musicals at 54 is a series that showcases new and diverse musicals by a selection of talented up-and-coming writers, many whose shows premiere in New York City for the first time.

From the Feinstiens/54 Below website:

Bookwriter and composer-lyricist Michael R. Jackson takes us on a concert-style jaunt through his seriocomic concept musical A Strange Loop. The show follows Usher, a black, gay musical theater writer who works as an usher in the back of the house at a long-running Broadway show. This show serves as the literal and metaphorical backdrop for the war he wages against the thoughts in his own head… while struggling to write a self-referential musical called A Strange Loop. The concert will feature several special guest stars who will portray Usher and an ensemble of men who will portray his thoughts manifested in forms including his parents, men on online sex apps, and Tyler Perry gospel play stage characters. A Strange Loop follows Usher as he fights to disrupt the static repetition he feels in his life… until he is swept into a painful confrontation with his long held negative perception of himself.

I for one am excited about this concert. As a person who fully believes in supporting new works, especially by people of color, A Strange Loop comes at an important time in theatre. Where we have a 45th street that is decorated with black and brown people and amazing things happening uptown and downtown alike.

A Strange Loop was developed with the support of Musical Theatre Factory and features Carl Ryan Clemons-Hopkins, Derrick Cobey, Elijah Caldwell, Nathan Lee Graham, Larry Hamilton, Darius Anthony Harper, James Jackson, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, Cartreze Tucker, Jamaal Clark Turpin, Jason Veasey, and Reggie D. White.

There is a cover charge that ranges from $30 – $40. An additional $5 will be charged if you purchase tickets at the door. The show is Tuesday April 26 at 7pm (doors open at 5:15) and 9:30 (doors open at 8:45) tickets can be purchased here.


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