Last season, one of the most talked-about off-Broadway productions was "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" at the Public LAB.
Lucky for you, if you missed it or want to relive it live, the show is returning to the Public this spring for a full production, running March 23, 2010-April 25, 2010.
From the Obie Award-winning writer/director and founder of the New York-based company Les Freres Corbusier, responsible for such history-centric rock musicals such as "Gutenberg!" and "Boozy: The Life, Death, and Subsequent Vilification of Le Corbusier and, More Importantly, Robert Moses," comes another play pulled from the history textbooks, sort of.
Written and directed by Alex Timbers, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" takes an irreverent, satirical look at our seventh president, giving an angsty voice to Mr. Jackson, the man who doubled the size of our nation during the early 19th century, not without a little bloodshed along the way.
Songs in the production include the rocking "Populism Yea Yea" and "Life Sucks" (we told you this was angsty), with the cast of characters also giving a modern voice to John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren and James Monroe - more presidents in a musical since "Assassins."
So whether you're an American history geek or just love clever, innovative storytelling, this one's not to be missed, yet again.