Michael R. Jackson of A Strange Loop – a completely fascinating, quirky journey into one man’s psyche -has won the Tony Award for best new musical, eliminating more mainstream material.
The 2020 Pulitzer Prize drama winner by Michael R. Jackson is a theatrical meta-journey — a tuneful show about a Black gay guy composing a show about a Black gay man. Jackson also took home the award for best novel. Many of the night’s other Tonys were distributed between multiple productions.
However, Michael R. Jackson’s microphone was switched off during his acceptance speech, despite the fact that there were 10 seconds remained on the prompter. The Tony Awards producers did a wonderful job of allowing most of the winners to finish their statements, but it was a real shame when they cut the mike when Michael R. Jackson sought to speak a few things after winning best musical.
Many fans were upset to see writer Jackson cut short and believe the producers could have omitted the medley outro to give Michael R. Jackson time to reflect on the years of effort it took to have his play presented and win Best Musical.
Jackson, who worked as an usher for “The Lion King” in real life, is also the songwriter, and he composed the 18 songs in the Broadway style, a mixture of rock and R&B with harmonies, ballads, and belting.
“A Strange Loop” was chosen over “Girl From the North Country,” “MJ,” “Mr. Saturday Night,” “Paradise Square,” and “Six: The Musical.”