Detroit native scores 11 Tony Award nominations for ‘A Strange Loop’

This image released by Polk & Co. shows, from left, James Jackson, Jr., L. Morgan Lee, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, Jaquel Spivey, Jason Veasey and John-Michael Lyles during a performance of "A Strange Loop." (Marc J. Franklin/Polk & Co. via AP) (Marc J. Franklin)

Detroit’s Michael R. Jackson scored a leading 11 Tony Award nominations for his critically acclaimed show “A Strange Loop.”

Jackson’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize drama winner about a Black gay man writing a show about a Black gay man earned nods for best musical, best leading man in newcomer Jaquel Spivey and best featured actress for L Morgan Lee, who becomes the first openly transgender performer to be nominated for a Tony Award.

Right behind “A Strange Loop” is a tie with 10 nominations each for “MJ,” a bio musical of the King of Pop stuffed with his biggest hits, and “Paradise Square,” a musical about Irish immigrants and Black Americans jostling to survive in New York City around the time of the Civil War.

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Detroit-native and Cass Tech High graduate, Michael R. Jackson, wrote the book, music and lyrics to A Strange Loop, the critically acclaimed musical now playing at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.

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