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    A Strange Loop

Of the all the Pulitzer Prize–winning musicals over the past century, only one of them has won without ever being staged on Broadway: Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop. In fact, the composer, lyricist, and playwright never thought his work would be produced at all—the musical evolved over 15 years of workshops from Jackson’s personal monologue titled “Why Can’t I Get Work.” The self-referential play about a Black, queer playwright struggling to carve out space for himself premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2019. Jackson moved to New York from Detroit at age 18 to study at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received both his BFA and MFA. He wrote a musical adaption of the 2007 horror film Teeth with Anna K. Jacobs and the upcoming musical White Girl in Danger, which looks at the psychological impact of tokenism while also examining ’90s Lifetime movies and similar titles.