Generic Theater to Mount BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, 8/23-9/15
The rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which was seen on Broadway in 2010, will receive its Hampton Roads regional debut in a new immersive production at the The Generic Theater in downtown Norfolk, VA this fall.
The Generic Theater general producer Jeannette Rainey, executive director Philip Odango and artistic directors Matthew Friedman and Jennifer Murphy present the Norfolk run. Performances will begin August 23. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, winner of the Drama Desk Award and Outer Circle Critics Award and nominated for two Tony Awards, is currently scheduled to run through September 15.
Developed by New York-based experimental company Les Freres Corbusier, with music and lyrics written by Michael Friedman and book by Alex Timbers. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson had workshop productions in August 2006 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and in May 2007 at the New 42nd Street Studios, New York. It opened in May 2009 at The Public Theater in New York in a concert version, and premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in 2010.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will be directed by BrenDan Hoyle, with musical direction by Cathy Francis and choreography by Cami Walton. The creative team includes Shane Stelly (scenic design), Ryan Ward (costume design), B Butterbaugh (light design), Heather Shannon (properties design), and Christian Garthright (sound design). The management team includes Jillian Sweetland (assistant director), Stephanie Corbin (asst. stage manager), Dawn Wilfong (asst. stage manager), and Kelly Gilliam (stage manager).
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.
"Imagine Andrew Jackson as a twenty-first century bad-ass rock and roll star," says Hoyle, who previously directed The Generic's productions of Urinetown the Musical and Closer. "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a fast-paced, rollicking freight train of a show. With an onstage band and songs that vary from hilarious to powerfully intense, the music of the show captures the electrifying power of modern rock music combined with the the 19th century embrace of American Exceptionalism."
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 entourage of singing, joking cohorts.