Broadway Smash ‘A Strange Loop’ Has a Lot to Say About Hollywood – The Hollywood Reporter

Judging by some of the lyrics flying from the Lyceum Theater stage in the ultra-meta musical A strange loop, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator Michael R. Jackson has mixed feelings about Hollywood.

Mogul Tyler Perry features prominently in the story – not in a good way; it’s been called ‘toxic’ and its content criticized for perpetuating gay stereotypes – alongside mentions of #OscarsSoWhite, Scott Rudin (who is said to have ‘walls of gold’), #MeToo and a cameo of 12 years of slavery best picture Oscar statuette. None of this has stopped the show from being backed by a long list of Tinseltown’s brightest.

Its co-producers include Don Cheadle, Jennifer Hudson, Mindy Kaling, RuPaul, Billy Porter, Ilana Glazer, Alan Cumming, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. They all have something to celebrate after the show landed the most Tony nominations of any musical with 11. Star Jaquel Spivey landed a name for her Broadway debut (not to mention a ticket to the recent Met Gala).

The night THR attended a performance, designer Zac Posen and stylist Jared Eng (Joey King, Kodi Smit-McPhee) were in the audience. “Unmistakably hilarious, tender, raw, empowering, paradoxical, profound and super relatable,” Eng said.

This story first appeared in the May 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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