Hiller, Walker, Dunn, Steinfeld Will Paint Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson's Portrait at Public

News   Hiller, Walker, Dunn, Steinfeld Will Paint Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson's Portrait at Public The Public Theater has announced casting for Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, the critically acclaimed rock musical that charts the presidency of Jackson at a time when the U.S. was going through violent growing pains.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star Benjamin Walker
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star Benjamin Walker Photo by Joan Marcus

The Public will present the musical by Alex Timbers (writer and director) and Michael Friedman (music and lyrics) March 23-April 25 in The Newman Theater. Opening is April 6.

A sold-out run in spring 2009 was presented in The Public's Public LAB season. A co-production with Center Theatre Group and in association with Les Freres Corbusier, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is billed this way: "A brash, hilarious indie rock musical about the country we live in and the leaders we choose. Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson audaciously redefines America's seventh president, the man who invented the Democratic Party and doubled the size of our nation, with a raucous blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality, and an infectious 'emo rock' score."

The cast includes River Aguirre as Lyncoya; James Barry as Male Soloist; Michael Crane as Clay/Blackhawk; Michael Dunn as Calhoun; Greg Hildreth as Red Eagle; Jeff Hiller as John Quincy Adams; Lucas Near-Verbrugghe as Martin Van Buren; Maria Elena Ramirez as Rachel; Kate Cullen Roberts as Elizabeth; Ben Steinfeld as Monroe; Benjamin Walker as Andrew Jackson; Colleen Werthmann as The Storyteller; and Emily Young as Female Soloist.

The production will feature scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Bart Fasbender.

Timbers is artistic director of the award-winning theatre company Les Freres Corbusier. His New York credits include Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination – Best Director of a Musical; the Actors' Playhouse), A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant (OBIE Award; New York Theatre Workshop; two Garland Awards – Best Director and Best Musical; Powerhouse Theatre, Santa Monica), underground (BAM; International Tour), Hell House (Drama Desk nomination – Unique Theatrical Experience; St. Ann's Warehouse), Boozy ("Ten Best of 2005" – Daily News, Time Out New York). He has participated in workshops for Disney Theatricals, Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage & Film and been honored with fellowships by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Drama League, and Sundance Theatre Lab. Friedman composed music for The Communist Dracula Pageant, [I Am] Nobody's Lunch, Lysistrata, Marat/Sade, Idiots Karamazov and The Merchant of Venice. He wrote music and lyrics for the Civilians' This Beautiful City, [I Am] Nobody's Lunch, Gone Missing and Canard, Canard, Goose?; as well as Saved, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, In the Bubble, The Brand New Kid, God's Ear and The Blue Demon. With Steve Cosson, he co-authored the 2008 Public LAB production Paris Commune.

All tickets for are $60 with the exception of Saturday evenings, which are $70. Single tickets are on sale now at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street. The performance schedule is at www.publictheater.org.

The cast of <i>Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson</i>
The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Photo by Joan Marcus