Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a rock musical that makes history cool. Following the life of controversial maverick President Andrew Jackson, it uses a rock-infused score and humorous angle to bring this historical figure to life. Pick up some Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tickets now and get ready for your history lesson.
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About the Show:
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a musical chronicling the life of 7th President of the United States Andrew Jackson. It has a book by Alex Timbers and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. The score is predominantly rock-influenced and includes such energetic songs as "Populism, Yea, Yea!," "I'm So That Guy," "Rock Star," and "Crisis Averted," as well as more subdued yet dramatic songs as "Public Life," and "Illness As a Metaphor."
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was produced at Los Angeles' Kirk Douglas Theatre and in a concert version at The Public Theater in New York before opening at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 12, 2010 (after previews from September 21). It closed after only 120 performances on January 2, 2011 due to poor attendance despite much critical excitement and Tony Award buzz.
While similar in style to other rock musicals like American Idiot and The Who's Tommy, Bloody Bloody takes a decidedly irreverent look at history and politics, using physical comedy and anachronistic language to highlight the absurdities in the story. Order your Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tickets to experience this story of a president who was, for better or worse, a rock star.
Andrew Jackson grows up in the hills of Tennessee in the late 1700s, where his family dies in a cholera outbreak. He joins the military and is quickly imprisoned by the British. He begins to cultivate his distaste for the U.S. government's lack of assistance to the embattled people of the American frontier. As a young adult, Jackson is attacked by Spaniards; though he defeats them, he is injured. A young woman named Rachel nurses him back to health and eventually becomes his wife even though she is not yet divorced from her current husband.
When news comes that British, Spanish, and Indian forces are moving in on American territory, Jackson decides to take matters into his own hands. He organizes a militia to remove Indians in the face of criticism for his renegade ways by Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, John Calhoun, and Martin Van Buren. After a series of victories, his triumph at the Battle of New Orleans turns Jackson into a national hero. He becomes governor of Florida and wins the majority of popular and electoral votes in the 1824 presidential election, but the House of Representatives uses political maneuvering to prevent him from taking office.
After four years in political exile, Jackson forms the Democratic Party and becomes a surprise presidential candidate. His public life takes a toll on his family, and when he wins the presidency in 1828, Rachel dies of grief. Motivated by his tribulations, Jackson tackles the problems facing the nation and vows to "take the country back" from the political elite. He angers Congress and the Supreme Court by consolidating executive power and taking matters of national interest to public votes. At first, the public adores him as "the people's president," but soon, the people begin to resent him for forcing them to make the tough decisions. With the public turning on him, Jackson decides that he alone should decide the Indians' fate. He tries to get them to peacefully relocate west of the Mississippi River, but grows impatient and orders federal troops to use force.
In the end, Jackson reflects on his complicated public image and legacy. Some people regard him as the greatest president ever, and some regard him as "the American Hitler." Get your own Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tickets now and decide for yourself.
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