The Wilbury Group announces the Rhode Island premiere of the award-winning rock musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, and a book by Alex Timbers, July 12 to July 28 in a new performance space at the beautifully restored Butcher Block Mill Building, 25 Eagle Street.
Directed by Wilbury Group producer Josh Short (Director: The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Wilbury Group) and David Tessier (Musical Director: Hedwig & the Angry Inch at Perishable Theatre) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson uses a raucous blend of infectious rock-and-roll and outrageous comedy to tell a mostly true/partly fictional tale of our nation’s highly controversial seventh president. Audiences will witness the role of American populism in shaping our history through the story of the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation, and sent thousands of Native Americans on the Trail of Tears.
The production features RI actor Joe Short (Padraic, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as the audacious Andrew Jackson, and an ensemble of some of Providence’s most talented actors, including Kelly Siegh (as Martin Van Buren), Dave Rabinow (Henry Clay), Stuart Wilson(John Quincy Adams), Brien Lang (John Calhoun) & Alyssa Gorgone as Jackson’s long-suffering wife, Rachel.
Written by Alex Timbers with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was called “an intriguing, often outrageous look at American history, filtered through the satiric eye of Timbers and Friedman’s pulsating rock score” by the Associated Press and received rave reviews during its Off Broadway run. The New York Post called it “irreverent and subversive” and the Daily News said it was”offbeat, fresh and fun!” Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was nominated for two Tony Awards and won the 2012 Outer Critics’ Circle Award and the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.
The Wilbury Group presents Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers, Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman, Directed by Josh Short & David Tessier, July 12-28. at the Butcher Block Mill Building, 25 Eagle Street, Providence, RI. Tickets are $15-$25, and are available online via BrownPaperTickets.com. More info e-mail Info@TheWilburyGroup.com or visit www.TheWilburyGroup.com.