New York Magazine: “A Strange 20-Year Loop to Broadway”


“The course of musical theater never did run smooth. Michael R. Jackson should know. The playwright first started working on his Pulitzer-winning show, A Strange Loop, when he was 21 years old. He’s 41 now. Two decades and 11 Tony nominations for it later — the most this year — he’s fairly Zen about how long it took Broadway to notice his work. “It’s worth it to take your time,” Jackson says, wearing a T-shirt that quotes the signature lyric, “Big, Black, and queer-ass American Broadway show.”

—In my first print story for New York Magazine, I document that creation of A Strange Loop. After this story ran, A Strange Loop won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Read the full story here.

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