Kyle Birch in A Strange Loop

Kyle Ramar Freeman out, Kyle Birch in at A Strange Loop in London

There’s been a casting change-up at A Strange Loop, now playing at the Barbican Theatre until 9 September 2023.

Kyle Ramar Freeman (Once on This Island) has left the production, and their cover, Kyle Birch, has now taken over in the central role of Usher, a young, gay, Black writer who hates his day job, so writes a musical about a young, gay, Black writer who’s writing a musical about a young, gay, Black writer.

Kyle Birch’s previous credits include The Color Purple (UK Tour), and Once On This Island (Southwark Playhouse).

Kyle Ramar Freeman is starring in a new US touring production of The Wiz this autumn, playing the Lion, and the production is scheduled to head to Broadway in 2024. The show starts in Baltimore on 23 September 2023.

The British cast includes the 6 thoughts: Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx), Danny Bailey (Jesus Christ Superstar, Girl From the North Country), Eddie Elliott (Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Lion King), Tendai Humphrey Sitima (The Play That Goes Wrong), Yeukayi Ushe (The Lion King) and Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea (Spring Awakening).

Christopher Michael Richardson has joined the cast as Usher understudy.

Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop was a smash-hit on Broadway, winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2020, and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning every Best Musical award in New York.

The show scored great reviews for its London run, and is only playing for a few final weeks at the Barbican.

The PR reps for A Strange Loop were contacted about this story, but are yet to comment.

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