Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Congratulations to friend and former colleague, Alex Timbers, on his much-acclaimed show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, making it to the Great White Way! Alex, whom I first met in our early days starting out in the New York theater scene, co-founded and has served as Artistic Director of the award-winning experimental theater company, Les Freres Corbusier, for the past seven years. BBAJ was the brainchild of Alex, who wrote the book and directs the show, and Michael Friedman, who wrote the show's music and lyrics.

After a successful run at the Public Theater (the same company that helped to workshop and give wings to the transcendent Broadway musical, Passing Strange), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was given the greenlight to officially premiere on Broadway this fall. A satirical rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party, the show focuses on the United States' seventh president, Andrew Jackson, redefining him as an "emo" rock star. Major plot points include the concept of populism, the Indian Removal Act, and Jackson's relationship with his wife, Rachel.

The show, which has been in previews since September 21st,  opens this Wednesday, October 13th, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

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