Kobalt signed Pulitzer Prize winner Michael R. Jackson as part of a global publishing deal. The company will take care of the administration of the playwright, composer and lyricist’s publishing, creative services and synchronization for the catalog and future works. Jackson’s critically acclaimed musical “A Strange Loop” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in addition to a host of additional accolades including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award and a Obie Award.
The show’s upcoming move to Broadway is one of the most anticipated deals targeting New York after COVID. In the Variety review, critic Frank Rizzo wrote: The talented Jackson takes the otherwise tired trope of the poor and sensitive young artist trying to find his true personality and make it in New York City, then adds layer after layer of personal angst. from a new and surprising perspective.
“Michael R. Jackson’s musical A Strange Loop knocked me out of my seat when I saw it last summer,” said Sue Drew, chief creative officer at Kobalt. “The eloquence of its narration and its unforgettable melodies signal a giant of musical theater. It is our honor and privilege to represent its editions. It’s an American treasure.
Jackson added, “I am more than happy to partner with Kobalt for my music publication. For me, music is a dream that started when my father made my brother and I started taking piano lessons when I was a kid in Detroit, Michigan, the birthplace of Motown. It was then and there that I started to learn that music was a tradition and not a trend and an inextricable part of my being as an artist. I look forward to sharing my contribution to this tradition as far as possible with Kobalt.
Kobalt’s list of editors includes artists such as The Weeknd, Foo Fighters, Lorde, and Finneas, among others.