At the Tony Awards, "A Strange Loop," an irreverent, sexually frank play about blackness and queerness

won best new musical as voters celebrated Broadway's most racially diverse season with a groundbreaking Black work.

Michael R. Jackson's 2020 Pulitzer Prize drama is a theater meta-journey -- a show about a black gay man writing a show about a black gay man. 

He also won the Pulitzer for best book. In addition to the Tonys, many other awards were given out for multiple productions.

Against more commercial offerings, smaller, offbeat musicals have had increasing success in recent years, such as when "The Band's Visit" 

beat "Frozen," "Mean Girls," and "SpongeBob SquarePants" in 2018 or when "Hadestown" beat "Tootsie," "Beetlejuice," and "Ain't Too Proud" a year later.

For the top prize, "A Strange Loop" beat out "MJ," a bio musical of the King of Pop's biggest hits, even though the other Jackson 

musical won four Tony Awards, including best choreography. His performance as Michael Jackson won him the award for 

best lead actor in a musical, making him the youngest solo winner in that category.Mom, I won!””said.

Frost, 22, makes his Broadway debut with "MJ," where he plays Jackson with a high, whispery voice, 

a Lady Diana-like coquettishness, and a passionate embrace of Jackson's style of dancing and singing. Frost, channeling 

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