The age of Jackson has arrived on Broadway. Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, is going for a new demographic as a song-and-dance man. “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” transferred uptown following a hit Off-Broadway run at the Public Theater this spring. The clever and irreverent musical sets the political machinations of early 19th century America to an emo-rock score, with Benjamin Walker portraying Jackson as a presidential rock star.
Jackson is the latest historical figure that director and writer Alex Timbers has brought to life as the artistic director of Les Freres Corbusier. Past resurrections including Warren Harding, J. Edgar Hoover, Robert Moses and L. Ron Hubbard. His next credit will be as director of “The Pee-Wee Herman Show,” soon to arrive on Broadway.
Jackson biographer and Need to Know host Jon Meacham spoke with Timbers about his vision for the show and creative process.
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