Tonight, Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman's bloody emo-rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
After its 2008 world premiere at LA's Kirk Douglas Theatre, the show came to New York for a limited run earlier this year at the Public Theatre, becoming its highest-grossing show ever. Now, proclaiming that "History just got all sexypants," the tuner finally goes before Broadway's critics.
If you're wondering what all this sexypants business has to do with America's 7th President, the official website for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson offers up the following description:
This spring's biggest downtown hit was undoubtedly Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Rolling Stone called it "the season's best musical" and audiences flocked to The Public Theater -- where iconic shows like A Chorus Line and Hair started out -- to see what the daring young creative team Alex Timbers (writer/director) and Michael Friedman (composer/lyricist) had cooked up. Now, by populist demand, their bloody brilliant show is packing up its tight, tight jeans and heading to Broadway!
In Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, rising star Benjamin Walker reprises his role as America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States -- who cares if he didn't have permission? An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation's founding rock stars, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recreates and reinvents the life of "Old Hickory," from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he's really, really hot?
In addition to Walker, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson features Maria Elena Ramirez as Rachel Jackson and Kristine Nielsen as its storyteller, along with two other characterizations of U.S. Presidents:
Jeff Hiller as John Quincy Adams and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe as Martin Van Buren.
Will critics pounce on the show like a $20 bill? I'll provide my own SOB Review shortly.
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