What Is the Story of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson?
A satirical comedic mash-up of American history and emo rock music, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson follows America’s seventh president from his early days as a child on the wild frontier to his controversial reign in the White House. With the country divided into rich and poor (and with continued skirmishes with the Native Americans upsetting pieces of the new world), Jackson begins his steady climb from military strategist to populist rabble-rouser to President of the United States. Along the way, he meets his wife, Rachel, takes on the Founding Fathers—and rocks like no political figure has ever rocked before, with the help of an onstage trio and an entourage of singing, joking cohorts.
"The most entertaining and most perceptive political theater of the season. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson manages to be a goofy delight and a perversely affecting comment on the American temperament at the same time."Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times
"Benjamin Walker is a sexy bundle of narcissism and fury. The rest of the energetic young cast play multiple roles with fearless verve."Review by David Sheward from Backstage
What Is Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Like?
This show is no belabored history lesson. Absurd, cheeky and sometimes outright crass, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson filters the true story of an American icon through a twisted web of hipster humor and tongue-in-cheek political commentary. Clocking in at 90 minutes, the show flies by, riding a wave of pratfalls, amped-up choreography and throbbing rock inserts, somehow making jokes of everything from Jackson’s habit of cutting himself to the infamous The Trail of Tears. It’s not all mindless fun, however—with the help of its capable cast, the musical also hits poignant notes along the way
Is Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Good for Kids?
With its bawdy sexual innuendo and a barrage of F-bombs, this show is inappropriate for children. If you are OK with the fact that this condensed history class rides in on a parade of bad language, rock star hip thrusts, lustful asides and behavior better suited for pool halls than traditional theaters, then you might want to bring your teenager.