Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

March 13, 2020 - April 4, 2020

2010 Drama Desk Award Winner, 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award 
Book by Alex Timbers, Music and Lyrics by Michael Friendman 
Directed by Chad Henderson, Music direction by Chris Cockrell, Choreography by Grayson Anthony

For the first three shows of 2020, we are turning the Main Stage into a round orientation. Audiences will converge on these plays from all sides – immersing you in these stories, connecting our performers more deeply with audiences, and bringing a new level of intimacy to the Thigpen Main Stage.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is an unexpected rock musical that follows America’s seventh president from his early days as a child on the wild frontier of South Carolina’s Waxhaws to his controversial reign in the White House. With the country divided into rich and poor (and with continued displacement of 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 a killer band and an entourage of singing, joking cohorts. Jackson was the original swamp-drainer, the first cabinet-cleaner, the guy who put his family and friends into positions of power when he cleaned those cabinets. All of the ups and downs of Populism are on display in this immersive musical experience in the round.