Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Musical
The Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson musical which gained much attention Off-Broadway is now playing on the Great White Way. With music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and under the direction of Alex Timbers the story takes an unconventional look at America's 7th President. It provides an interesting blend of rock musical, history lesson and journey through the wild west. The biographic story, which takes the facts and bends them for pure entertainment, is quite refreshing. Much of the original cast will once again unite this fall at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre to bring this giddy and intelligent glance into history to life on the Broadway stage.
The backdrop for the Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson musical is simple, take the most controversial and beloved American President, paint him as a cowboy rock star, provide a great musical score and boisterous vulgar humor and see what you get. What you do get is a non-stop modern look into American history, which is both inventive, interesting and flat out hysterical. Still, if one is looking for a true biographical and historically accurate account of the 7th Commander-and-Chief this is not the show you are looking for.
Along the way, the viewer is treated to many interesting facts of the President. Furthermore, insight into his youth, decisions and accomplishments are explored. All the way from his early battles at a young age, losing his family, controversial relationship with wife Rachael, inventing of the Democratic Party and his well known and still debated Indian Removal Act leading to America's expansion into the West. Old Hickory is painted as a national war hero and beloved by the public, once he takes office popular opinion begins to change. Jackson comes to realize all he lost in his pursuit, his family, wife and now the weary American public. Today he remains one of the (if not) Americas most controversial Leaders. The audience is left to decide if he is America's greatest President or one who abused his democratic powers.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson musical was developed by Les Freres Corbusier, a New York based experimental theatre troupe, in 2006. The group was founded in 2003 and led by Yale graduate Alex Timbers. The troupe focuses on creating irreverent work that re-envisions well-known historical figures. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson premiered on January 2008 in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The fabrication performed it's New York premiere at the Public Theatre Off-Broadway in May 2009. It returned to the "Public for a short run in spring 2010 gaining a strong audience and positive reviews.
The Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson musical began previews for the Jacobs Theatre on September 21, 2010 and its Broadway premier on October 13, 2010. Songs include Populism, Yea, Yea! (Company), I’m Not That Guy (Andrew Jackson) and The Saddest Song (Andrew Jackson, Monroe, Red Eagle, & Justin Levine). Much of the original cast has reprised their roles for the Broadway debut, including Benjamin Walker as Andrew Jackson, Maria Elena Ramirez, Jeff Hiller and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is an interesting look at Old Hickory," from his modest beginnings on the Tennessee border to his days as our seventh President. The musical is scheduled for an open-ended run and is one of the most intriguing new shows this Broadway season.
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