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A political song and dance

When “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” opened on Broadway earlier this month, President Andrew Jackson began his campaign to win over the Great White Way one musical number at a time. The show brings the age of Jackson to life onstage, from his early life on the frontier and his campaign for the White House, to his enforcement of the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

With help from leading man Benjamin Walker, writer-director Alex Timbers uses a range of theatrical styles to tell the story of the man he calls the “original populist charmer.” While the action takes place in the early 19th century, many of the show’s political themes still resonate today.

Need to Know anchor Jon Meacham, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Jackson, “American Lion,” discusses the show’s contemporary relevance with both Timbers and Walker. Behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and vivid production footage combine to give a sense of how the show went from page to stage.

Related: See our First Look video in which Timbers discusses his creative process and vision for the show.

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