Yesterday, it was confirmed that the acclaimed emo-rock musical from Alex Timbers (book and direction) and Michael Friedman (score) about the United States' seventh President is coming to Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in September.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson enjoyed its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Culver City, CA) in January 2008. After launching there, it became a smash hit at New York's Public Theatre where it concluded an extended run late last month. In fact, it was the venue's highest-grossing show ever.
LA's Center Theatre Group describes the show as follows (take a look at this link for an amusing promo video):
Shootouts, smallpox and scalpings—growing up on the American Frontier was killer! Hoping to kick some British butt and bitch-slap the Spaniards, thirteen-year old Andrew Jackson joins the Army and grows up to become America’s first populist president and greatest rock star since George Washington.Benjamin Walker will reprise his turn as Andrew Jackson, after turning down a role in Fox's "X-Men: First Class." Hollywood's loss is New York's gain. Walker last trod Broadway's boards as Le Chevalier Danceny in the 2008 revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The actor has been attached to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson from the start.
A fast-paced irreverent rock musical about the country we live in and the leaders we choose. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson redefines America’s seventh president, a pioneer of humble stock who invented the Democratic Party, moved Indians west, and played a kick-ass guitar.
After missing the show during its Public run, I'm looking forward to seeing it on Broadway. Only wish some innovative ticketing scheme could be implemented where all you'd have to pay is $20. After all, why not trade one Andrew Jackson for another?
Previews begin September 21 with an opening date of October 13.
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