BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON

October 4 – November 10, 2012

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman • Book by Alex Timbers
Directed by Scott Ferguson* • Musical Direction by James Morehead

National Pastime Theater
941 W. Lawrence Avenue, Fourth Floor
Chicago, IL 60640

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON features Matthew Holzfeind (Andrew Jackson) and Samantha Dubina* (Rachel Jackson) with Harter Clingman, Hannah Corneau, Matt Deitchman, Luke Emano, Kyle A. Gibson*, Varris Holmes*, Dylan Lainez, Mark LeBeau*, Patrick Rooney, Jill Sesso, Tanner Smale, Judy Lea Steele and Brittany Townsley*

In Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, we follow the story of America’s first political maverick. An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recreates and reinvents the life of “Old Hickory,” from his humble beginnings to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him?
What if he’s really, really hot?

The production team for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON includes Nick Sieben (Scenic Designer), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (Costume Designer), Mac Vaughey (Lighting Designer) Jeff Dublinske (Sound Designer), Christopher Pazdernik* (Choreographer), Beau Forges (Fight Choreographer), Kevin McClintock (Technical Director), Jonathan Verge* (Producer/Production Manager), Derek Bertelsen (Assistant Director/Dramaturg) and Heather Stuck* (Stage Manager)

* – denotes Bailiwick Chicago Collective Member

Here are some clips from the show

“The super-ingenious director, Scott Ferguson — in league with choreographer Christopher Pazdernik, a cast of galvanic young talent led by Matt Holzfeind (a terrific singer, actor and guitar-playing renegade as Jackson), a fabulous onstage band led by James Morehead, and a dynamite design team — keeps the storytelling in high-drive.”

            --Hedy Weiss, THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES



"...The authors' work is moderately spiced with modern-day political dog whistles like "renegade," "maverick" and "taking this country back." The pitch is somewhere between Family Guy and Schoolhouse Rock (appropriately, since Ferguson was the nostalgia-prescient creator in the '90s of Schoolhouse Rock Live!). It's not textbook stuff, either historically or theatrically, but it's some damn fine malarkey.”  

4 STARS!!

--Kris Vire, TIME OUT CHICAGO


“...an in-your-face, fist pumping production.”

    --HUFFINGTON POST


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

HUFFINGTON POST

CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW

CHICAGO CRITIC

CENTER STAGE

TIME OUT CHICAGO

Production Photos by

Michael Brosilow