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Michael R. Jackson BIO

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics’ Circle–winning A Strange Loop (which had its 2019 world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in association with Page 73 Productions) was called “a full-on laparoscopy of the heart, soul, and loins” and a “gutsy, jubilantly anguished musical with infectious melodies” by Ben Brantley for The New York Times. In The New Yorker, Vinson Cunningham wrote, “To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor.” In addition to A Strange Loop, he wrote book, music, and lyrics for White Girl in Danger. Awards and associations include a New Professional Theatre Festival Award, a Jonathan Larson Grant, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, an ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, a Whiting Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, an Antonyo Award, a Fred Ebb Award, a Windham-Campbell Prize, and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. He is an alum of Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group.

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Michael R. Jackson STAGE CREDITS

Michael R. Jackson Productions

[Broadway, 2022] [Replacement]
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Vocal Arranger



Michael R. Jackson Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2023 - Outstanding Lyrics

Michael R. Jackson, White Girl in Danger

Drama Desk Awards - 2023 - Outstanding Music

Michael R. Jackson, White Girl in Danger

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Book of a Musical

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop

Drama Desk Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Lyrics

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop

Drama Desk Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Music

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop

Michael R. Jackson Videos

Michael R. Jackson News

Jaime Lozano & The Familia Will Perform Songs By An Immigrant In Concert At Lincoln Center As Part Of Residency

Mexican musical multi-hyphenate Jaime Lozano returns to Lincoln Center for the second concert of his residency at the David Rubenstein Atrium to share stories and songs from his multiple projects as he prepares his upcoming album “Songs by an Immigrant Vol. 2.” 

Christie Baugher, Paris Ray Dozier & Jaime Lozano Receive 2022 Jonathan Larson Grants

The American Theatre Wing has revealed the recipients of the 2022 Jonathan Larson Grants. See who the recipients are, and learn more bout the grants.

Kevin Aviance, Linda Simpson & More to be Featured in LA MAMA'S SQUIRTS

Each year, La MaMa’s Squirts gathers the most exciting voices from New York City’s queer performance world across the generations. This year, confronting the nationwide legislative assault on trans people and drag performance, Squirts puts a heavy concentration into NYC’s drag and nightlife scenes from the 90s to today. 

SOME LIKE IT HOT, PARADE, and More Take Home 2023 Drama Desk Awards; Full List of Winners!

Winners for the 67th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. Among the big winners were Some Like It Hot, Parade, and more.

GROUNDHOG DAY Leads our Top Ten Shows for June!

Summer kicks off in style on London's stage, with the return of Andy Karl in the Old Vic's Groundhog Day, to the West End transfers of Peter Morgan's latest play and the arrival of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning big, Black, and queer American musical, A Strange Loop.

Lauren Patten, T. Oliver Reid, Hilary Kole & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS

Tony Award winner Lauren Patten, T. Oliver Reid, jazz vocalist Hilary Kole, Jack Bartholet, and rising star Jae W.B. have joined the cast of the 11th annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys'. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For A STRANGE LOOP in London; Full Cast and Creative Team Revealed!

Final casting and the full creative team has been announced for the London season of the smash-hit musical A Strange Loop. A Strange Loop is transferring from Broadway to London’s Barbican Theatre for a one-time-only 12-week limited season from 17 June, with a producing team including the National Theatre, Jennifer Hudson and Alan Cumming among others.

Spring 2023 Ucross Fellows Revealed

 This spring, celebrating its 40th anniversary as an artist residency program, Ucross welcomed 55 visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers and interdisciplinary artists from across North America to its historic 20,000-acre ranch in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming.

THE DEMOCRACY PROJECT by Michael R. Jackson, Larissa FastHorse, Bruce Norris & More to Premiere at Federal Hall

Federal Hall Conservancy and National Park Service will present their production of The Democracy Project, a new site-specific play at Federal Hall National Memorial.

NEXT@LCT3: THE BENSGONS to Have ASL Interpreted Encore Performance

Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 has announced that The Bengsons, who completed their week-long run as part of NEXT@LCT3 concert series this past Sunday, will present a special encore performance on Monday, May 22 at 7:30pm at the Claire Tow Theater.

Page 73 to Present NEW PLAY BAKE OFF at 25th Anniversary Gala

Page 73 is bringing together artists within the Page 73 family to participate in its rollicking New Play Bake Off at tonight’s 25th Anniversary Gala.

2023 Second Stage Theater Uptown Series to Present TOROS By Danny Tejera This Summer

Second Stage Theater will present TOROS, written by Danny Tejera and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, this summer at Second Stage Theater Uptown.

Julie Benko, Telly Leung & More to Star in 11th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS

The 11th annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” – the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre – will take place at Joe’s Pub on Monday, June 12. Learn how to purchase tickets!

World Premiere of Michael R. Jackson & Anna K. Jacobs' TEETH & More Set for Playwrights Horizons 2023-24 Season

Playwrights Horizons has announced its 2023-24 season, featuring six new productions. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Video: Who Will Win the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Watch Live at 3pm!

The Pulitzer Prize Board will present the 2023 award winners for Prizes in Journalism, Books, Drama and Music. Who will win this year? Tune in right here at 3pm to watch the announcement live!

Sanaz Toossi's ENGLISH Wins 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The Pulitzer Prize Board has just announced that English, by Sanaz Toossi has won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other finalists included: On Sugarland by Aleshea Harris and The Far Country by Lloyd Suh.

Front Porch Arts Collective Announces Bold + Collaborative 7th Season

The Front Porch Arts Collective (The Porch) announces a jubilant season of theater and dynamic collaborations! Fresh off the heels of 30 Elliot Norton Award nominations, The Porch's seventh season surely doesn't show any signs of the company slowing down any time soon.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Final Tony Eligibility Decisions, Drama League Awards

MFA programs in performing arts face challenges in adapting. Tony eligibility decisions and Drama League nominations revealed. 2023 Tony Awards Live Pre-Show to be streamed for free on Pluto TV. Easter Bonnet Competition raises over $3.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Read on for more.

Final Tony Admin Decisions Leave Some Scratching Their Heads

Tomorrow is the big day—the Tony nominations. That means last week was the last eligibility decisions. Let’s peek behind the curtain at some of the main things we learned last week.


Michael R. Jackson has been nominated for several awards for his work in Broadway shows. These include Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for "White Girl in Danger", as well as Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (twice), Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for "A Strange Loop". Additionally, he has won Outstanding Book of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "A Strange Loop".

Michael R. Jackson has won several awards for his work on the musical "A Strange Loop". These include the Best Book of a Musical award at the Tony Awards, the Outstanding Book of a Musical award at the Drama Desk Awards, and the Outstanding Lyrics award at the Drama Desk Awards. He also won the Outstanding Book of a Musical award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Outstanding New Score award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Michael R. Jackson has written 1 shows including White Girl in Danger (Book).

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