This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of seeing Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a new emo-rock musical currently showing in the Newman Theatre at the Public Theater.
I was immediately taken by the transformation of the space – the theatre, from the back of the stage to the back of the house, is drenched in red velvet, various light fixtures (chandeliers, Christmas lights, neon strips) and a number of lush presidential portraits. This self-aware comedic telling of the presidency of Andrew Jackson is both incredibly entertaining while also thought-provoking, drawing parallels between a fraught period in our nation’s history and today.
The show features an eclectic mix of unexpected and interesting, though talented, actors and a fierce band that gets to take part in the action as well. The songs are energetic – you sometimes forget you’re watching a musical, and feel like you’re at a rock concert, complete with heavy eyeliner. For musical lovers, it’s a mash-up of Spring Awakening, American Idiot, and Assassins – overall a fun evening of theatre.
Heather Englander, BC, 10