Pulitzer Prize-Winner Michael R. Jackson Honored & Gifted with Famed Sardi’s Portrait

Photo Courtesy of Metro Weekly

By BAM-iT! Team

Sardi’s was abuzz on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 7, 2022. An intimate group gathered to celebrate the unavailing of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael R. Jackson’s caricature that will join the ranks of over 800 Broadway stars and producers featured at the famed restaurant. And…you guessed right! Black And Making It was invited to share in the festivities. Others joining in the celebration rightfully include a few of the star cast members from Jackson’s Broadway musical A Strange Loop: Jason Veasey, James Jackson Jr., Jon-Michael Reese, and Tony-nominated John Andrew Morrison. Also in attendance was Producer Barbara Whitman along with the deservedly decorated creative team of A Strange Loop including Director Stephen Brackett, Dance Captain Edwin Bates, and Set Designer Arnulfo Maldonado.

The unveiling commenced with a letter from actor Judith Light (Tony Award), who unfortunately could not be present. It was read by actor James Cameron Mitchell (Tony Award). In the letter, Light commended Jackson for “creating a world” in which he has given recognition to the Black and LGBTQIA+ community, and opening doors for more uniquely diverse artists to follow in his footsteps. The letter was laden with humor and heart as it welcomed Jackson to the wall of artists who preceded him.  Upon conclusion of the letter, the room lit up with camera flashes as Jackson posed with his likeness. Shortly after this, the unveiling ceremony honoring Jackson’s many achievements came to a close. Check out our pictures from the event below as well as our video of Mitchell reading Light’s letter to Jackson.

Jackson’s Broadway musical A Strange Loop is nominated for 11 Tony Awards this season, with Jackson himself nominated for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Learn more about the show and get tickets at www.StrangeLoopMusical.com.

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