So the show, for a free production, is stellar. First the con - TONS of sound issues. Jackson's mic made scratching and popping noises whenever he moved at times, and actually died just before "I'm So That Guy" which was done without him being mic'd and made him inaudible, and it also died during "Rock Star". It took about five minutes but someone finally came on to give him a handheld mic, which if you've seen the original production you'll know actually fits quite nicely. Other than that, I don't have many issues with it. It is outdoors, so you do get background noise, but the set (which I think I've included, but I'm never sure if it's worked or not here) is very simple and works very effectively for this production. The cast is very strong. Sean Coughlin is a terrific Andrew Jackson, and hopefully they get his sound issues fixed, because it was a very enjoyable performance from him. The supporting cast, particularly Van Buren, are fantastic. They have made a few changes to the music. "Second Nature" has been changed from a one man song to being sung by the entire cast, with the narrator as the lead singer. It works, but it was a surprise. I don't remember specifics for the rest of the musical changes, but none of them are as big as that - mainly just changes between which character sings what. I promised a friend of mine that if it was a good production, I'd go with her on her day off, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so it looks like I'll be back there again soon. If you enjoyed the Broadway (or off-Broadway) productions, I do recommend it. It's not Broadway, but it's damn good. If you don't enjoy it, at least it was free. :P
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