By Matthew Blank
03 Jan 2011
Although Andrew Jackson enjoyed high poll numbers (critical raves), the Broadway run lasted only 120 performances. The Broadway engagement was initially scheduled through Jan. 9.
The 90-minute musical, equal parts sketch comedy, underground rock concert and a revisionist history lesson, has book and direction by Alex Timbers of Les Freres Corbusier and music and lyrics by The Civilians' Michael Friedman. Bloody Bloody began previews Sept. 20, 2010, and officially opened Oct. 13.
Here is the cast at the final curtain call:
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson's Broadway life began after a 2008 world premiere at the Center Theatre Group and a run at the Public Theater last spring, where it was extended three times. It received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical. Bloody Bloody 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.
Benjamin Walker, who originated the role of "Old Hickory" at the Center Theatre Group and subsequently Off-Broadway at the Public, repeated his work for the Broadway run as the skinny-jean-clad President.
The cast also featured Maria Elena Ramirez as Rachel, Jeff Hiller as John Adams, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe as Van Buren, Ben Steinfeld as Monroe, Greg Hildreth as Red Eagle, Darren Goldstein as Calhoun, Bryce Pinkham as Clay, Kate Cullen Roberts as Elizabeth, Kristine Nielson as the Storyteller, Cameron Ocasio as Lyncoya, Nadia Quinn, Emily Young as the Female Soloist and James Barry as the Male Soloist.