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A Strange Loop in Concert

A Strange Loop in Concert

Joe's Pub
October 14, 2019

A Strange Loop in Concert, a performance celebrating the release of the original cast recording of Michael R. Jackson’s immensely acclaimed musical comes to Joe’s Pub. The album features 17 tracks of Jackson’s witty, eviscerating, and moving music and captures the momentous energy of the musical’s beloved world premiere production. Yellow Sound Label, Playwrights Horizons, Page 73 Productions, and Barbara Whitman recently announced the release of the much-anticipated album, which is produced by Jackson and Michael Croiter.

A Strange Loop garnered resounding critical acclaim in its three-week extended world premiere this summer. The New York Times, in a Critic’s Pick review, described it as a “full-on laparoscopy of the heart, soul, and loins… a gutsy, jubilantly anguished musical with infectious melodies.” Time Out New York gave the musical five stars, writing in its Critic’s Pick review that Michael R. Jackson is “a lyrical and musical talent with deep wells of invention.” New York Magazine wrote that the show is “exhilarating and wickedly funny…a triumph,” and ArtForum called it a “brazen and brilliant game changer.” The New Yorker applauded Jackson’s “lyrical cleverness” and the “unlikely levity” and “buoyant intensity” of his songwriting. The magazine emphasized that the cast “sings beautifully” in a series of “deftly composed, painlessly executed harmonic” numbers.

Featured are all seven original Off-Broadway cast members, listed in alphabetical order: Antwayn Hopper (Broadway: Hair; Off-Broadway: The Loophole, A Civil War Christmas) as Thought #6; James Jackson, Jr. (Off-Broadway: The Black-Ups, Radio City Christmas Spectacular) as Thought #2; L Morgan Lee (Off-Broadway: Defiant, Majestic, and Beautiful, Ludo’s Broken Bride; Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar) as Thought #1; John-Michael Lyles (Off-Broadway: This Ain’t No Disco, Sweeney Todd, The Flick) as Thought #3; John-Andrew Morrison (Off-Broadway: The Tooth of Crime, The Greenwich Village Follies; Regional: Marley, The Musical) as Thought #4; Larry Owens (Off-Broadway: Gigantic; Regional: Grease, Dreamgirls) as Usher; and Jason Veasey (Broadway: The Lion King; Off-Broadway: The Loophole, For the Last Time) as Thought #5.

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