A STRANGE LOOP – Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Josh Rogosin | April 26, 2022

Rather than use the stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the cast of A Strange Loop cram into a booth for their Tiny Desk (home) concert. The protagonist of the musical is an usher, so performing in the crowd makes sense. 54 Below played a pivotal role in the musical’s rise when, in 2016, composer Michael R. Jackson performed a concert version for New Musicals at 54. Little did anyone know that the show would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2020. The cast reunited at “Broadway’s Supper Club” to sing a five-song medley led by the show’s author to celebrate their opening at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway.

Jackson explains A Strange Loop is “a musical about a young Black gay man named Usher who works as an usher at a Broadway show who is writing a musical about a young Black gay man named Usher who works as an usher at a Broadway show… who is caught in a self-referential loop of his own self hatred.” The ensemble of characters joining him are a collection of “fierce but completely obnoxious” “Thoughts” — literally billed in the show’s Playbill as “Thoughts 1-6.”

The show at the Lyceum clocks in at 100 minutes with no intermission. Even in this small, Tiny Desk (home) version it’s easy to get caught up in Usher’s whirlwind of emotions as he’s tormented by his thoughts. One can only imagine sitting in a dark theater with a bunch of strangers, laughing and crying, spiraling out together on Usher’s strange loop.


  1. “Intermission Song”
  2. “We Wanna Know”
  3. “Inner White Girl”
  4. “Periodically”
  5. “Memory Song”

Michael R. Jackson

Antwayn Hopper
James Jackson, Jr.
L Morgan Lee
John-Michael Lyles
John-Andrew Morrison
Jaquel Spivey
Jason Veasey

Rona Siddiqui: music direction, keys
Beth Callen: guitar
Ian Jesse: bass
Marques Walls: drums

Video by Magicshak Media
Camera Operators: Nick Shakra, Anton Ponomarev, Maksim Kataev
Audio: Amanda Raymond
Audio Mix: Josh Rogosin
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Produced by Lilly Claar
Hair & Makeup by Kirk Cambridge Del-Pesche, Dotty Petersen, Elias Prince
Special Thanks: Raja Feather Kelly, Cherie B. Tay, Barbara Whitman, Jimmy Wilson, Arnulfo Maldonado, Corey Umlauf, 321 Theatrical Management, Feinstein’s/54 Below

Producer: Josh Rogosin
Video Producer: Michael Zamora
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


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