By Andrew Gans
and Adam Hetrick
05 Aug 2010
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, who aligned with the Public on the Broadway transfer of the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, are also behind Bloody Bloody, which takes an irreverent look at the life of seventh U.S. President Andrew Jackson and his rocky legacy. The Public, Richards and Frankel are all lead producers for the Broadway run.
Opening night is scheduled for Oct. 13.
Bloody Bloody was extended three times during its Public run and also earned a place as the second highest-grossing production in Public Theater history. The record holder is the Tony Award-nominated musical Caroline, or Change.
Alex Timbers, who directed the Off-Broadway run (and is set for the Broadway bow), authored the book to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which features music and lyrics by the Civilians' Michael Friedman.
The raucous rock musical features a company of hipsters carousing about a set that could be a Williamsburg, Brooklyn bar. Bloody Bloody re-imagines Jackson's life and legacy through irreverent emo-rock tunes and a solid dose of rock star flair.
The Off-Broadway creative team will reprise their duties for the Broadway transfer. The production has scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Bart Fasbender. Choreography is by Danny Mefford.
Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records recorded the cast album of the musical, which will be released in September.
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson just can't be stopped. The voracious audience demand for this extraordinary show is forcing us to kick it up a notch and take it to Broadway," Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman have created an extraordinary event--a rocking, hilarious, sparkling entertainment that is also one of the smartest critiques of America ever seen on a stage. This is what The Public Theater is all about—and I couldn't be prouder of all the artists involved."
Producers describe the musical as "an audacious mix of historical fact and invention, [that] uses the story of America’s controversial seventh president—the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation and signed the Indian Removal Acts that started the Trail of Tears — to investigate the attraction and terrors of American populism, using a raucous blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and infectious emo rock."
Tickets will be available for purchase by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.