Bailiwick Chicago Will Produce Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in 2012

By Kenneth Jones
May 4, 2011

The Tony Award-nominated Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a rock-musical portrait of the controversial populist American president, will get its Chicago debut in 2012 by Bailiwick Chicago, the non-Equity company that embraces new and adventurous work.



Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which had a brief Broadway run in fall 2010, preceded by productions at the Public Theater and Los Angeles, was nominated for 2011 Tony Awards in the categories of Best Book and Best Scenic Design.

Bailiwick Chicago, currently producing the area premiere of the Broadway musical Passing Strange, announced on May 3 that it had snagged the Bloody Bloody rights. The show also won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical for its Off-Broadway run.

Specific Chicago dates and a director for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will be announced later in the year, along with the rest of the 2012 season.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was created by Alex Timbers (book) and Michael Friedman (music and lyrics) and, according to Bailiwick, "tells the story of the United States of America's audacious and bold seventh president, the founder of the Democratic party who greatly expanded the size of the nation."

With the announcement of the show, it was also revealed that Kevin Mayes, who has acted as Bailwick Chciago's executive director since the new company's founding in 2009, has moved to the position of artistic director, and that Collective member Brian LaDuca will serve as executive director effective immediately.

"Following the incredible response we've received for Passing Strange, this is a defining moment for Bailiwick Chicago," artistic director Mayes said in a statement. "The fact that Music Theatre International and the writers of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson have entrusted us with the Chicago premiere of this ground-breaking show demonstrates that we are on the right path. Brian and I are committed to taking big risks by producing shows that no one else in Chicago is doing right now. We're confident that by keeping the artistic quality high and creating a unique audience experience, Chicago theatregoers will support us."

Bailiwick Chicago's production of Passing Strange at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts,777 N. Green St., Chicago, plays through May 29. For tickets or more information call (312) 733-6000 or visit bailiwickchicago.com.

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Bailiwick Chicago "strives to tell stories that stimulate our audience and celebrate our diverse community, enhancing our understanding of ourselves and others. Bailiwick Chicago was formed by a group of artists called the Collective, which is responsible for the artistic mission and vision of the company."

The company’s inaugural season included the Chicago premiere of Joe DiPietro's F**king Men, Aida and U.S. premiere of the British musical, Departure Lounge.