Controversial Musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Canceled in Raleigh

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A production of the emo-rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, scheduled to play Raleigh Little Theatre in May, has been canceled, Indy Week Reports.

Following conversations with the region's Native American community, the musical satire about the seventh president of the United States has been replaced with a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical about a transgender singer fronting a fictional rock-n-roll band.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which features a book by Alex Timbers and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, played a run at New York's Public Theater before moving to Broadway in 2010. It received Tony Award nominations for Best Scenic Design and Best Book of a Musical.

The musical has received criticism over its depiction of Jackson's treatment of Native Americans while in office, which includes the execution of the Indian Removal Act, forcing thousands of Native Americans to relocate along the Trail of Tears.

The original Off-Broadway run was criticized by Native Americans, and a production in Minneapolis in June 2014 faced public protests. Students at Stanford University canceled a production in November after on-campus protests.

Indy Week reports that artistic director Patrick Torres began conversations about the musical with the regional Native American community and decided he could not continue the production without their support. Torres and company president Charles Phaneuf told Indy Week the decision to cancel the production was their own and denied any claim of censorship. "No matter how the play is executed, the Native American community feels that it comes at the expense of historical facts and atrocities that [Jackson] instigated against their ancestors and family," Torres told Indy Week. "There was no accurate and clear way to engage them in the process; as an institution, we would be excluding them from the production. No matter how great the production was, what [the conversations] ultimately said was there was not a way to do it that is not potentially hurtful to them."

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