This week host Isaac Butler traces the creative origins of Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-winning musical A Strange Loop. In the interview, Michael talks about his early songwriting attempts and the gradual process of turning a monologue about his experiences as a young, Black gay man into a one-man show and then turning that one-man show into a “proper musical.” After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss Michael’s distinction between an “autobiographical” work and a “self-referential” work. In Slate Plus, Michael talks about two celebrity encounters, one with Liz Phair, whose music inspired a lot of his work, and one with Tyler Perry, whose work was satirized ruthlessly in A Strange Loop. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to firstname.lastname@example.orgPodcast production by Cameron Drews.And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Pulitzer-winning creator of “A Strange Loop” on how he celebrated in lockdown, why he used to balk at being called a composer, and how “A Chorus Line” made him cry at his office temp job. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
[REBROADCAST] Playwright, composer, and lyricist Michael R. Jackson joins us to discuss his off-Broadway debut musical, "A Strange Loop", and perform live.
Lucille Lortel nominations:
Outstanding Director (Stephen Brackett)
Outstanding Choreographer (Raja Feather Kelly)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (Larry Owens)
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (John-Andrew Morrison)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (L Morgan Lee)
Outstanding Costume Design (Montana Levi Blanco)
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