Andrew Jackson Superstar

I’m not entirely sure what to think about this.

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?

I saw one of the people behind this thing interviewed on TV today, and he described it as an emo take on Old Hickory.  I’d always figured Jackson as more of an eighties metal sort of guy.



Filed under History and Memory

3 responses to “Andrew Jackson Superstar

  1. Wow. This seems just…wrong. But I need to find out some more about it before I pass judgement. Sometimes these pop interpretations can be horrifying…but if it is compelling to people who wouldn’t otherwise be drawn to history, then it’s tough to say it’s a bad thing.

  2. Michael Lynch

    From what I gather, it’s more of a send-up than anything else. They play pretty fast and loose with the facts.


  3. Just watched some clips and interviews on Youtube. If I had the opportunity, which I won’t, I would probably go see it for kicks. How can you not with lyrics like, “I’m Andrew *bleeping* Jackson!” Seriously, I think almost anything that draws younger people towards history is good. And this sort of thing might just do that. ….That said….”stylistic interpretation” is one thing, however if they are just representing bad facts, that’s not good at all.

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