How many minutes 'til the end of… interval? Michael R. Jackson's Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical A Strange Loop will make its U.K. debut this summer in a run at the Barbican Theatre. The 12-week run will begin June 17 ahead of a June 28 opening night. Casting has not yet been announced.
Stephen Brackett will return to recreate his Tony-nominated direction, reuniting his Broadway creative team, including choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, music supervisor Rona Siddiqui, orchestrator Charlie Rosen, scenic designer Arnulfo Maldonado, costume designer Montana Levi Blanco, lighting designer Jen Schriever, and sound designer Drew Levy.
Tickets are currently on sale for Barbican patrons, with a general on sale date set for March 20. The U.K. premiere is being presented by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Productions, the National Theatre, Barbara Whitman, and Wessex Grove, in association with the Barbican.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing A Strange Loop to London," says Jackson. "This show has been a true labor of love since my early 20s, and to have it continue its extraordinary journey from Musical Theatre Factory, to Off-Broadway, to Woolly Mammoth, to Broadway, and now to London is a dream I never knew I had come true. I can't wait to share the story of Usher and his thoughts with new audiences."
A Strange Loop finished its Tony-winning Broadway run January 15 at the Lyceum Theatre after opening April 26, 2022. With a book, music, and lyrics by Jackson, the Best Musical winner played 13 previews and 293 performances.
The musical centers on Usher, a young, Black, gay theatre writer grappling with his toxic inner thoughts while trying to write a musical about a young, Black, gay theatre writer grappling with his toxic inner thought while trying to write a musical about... and on and on.
The show was 2022's Tony Award winner for Best Musical and also won a Tony Award for Jackson's book. The 2019 Off-Broadway run led to the work winning the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, only the 10th musical to be awarded the honor and the first to have not played a Broadway run when the honor was bestowed.
Jackson's newest musical, White Girl in Danger, begins previews Off-Broadway via Second Stage and Vineyard Theatre later this month.
See photos from the Broadway run below: