Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson

Tuesday, August 20 th, 2019 at 00:08 am 


A mix of historical fact and invention, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson uses the story of America’s controversial seventh president to investigate the attraction and terrors of American populism, using a blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and infectious emo rock.


I saw “Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson” when it was downtown at The Public and loved it then. And it’s now moved uptown, and I still like it a lot. It’s a little harder to review it the second time because I saw it not very long ago, so I remembered a large part of it. They’ve still done a great job taking a big space and making it seem very intimate. Benjamin Walker is still Andrew Jackson and is even more charismatic and more sure of himself which actually works very well with the part. Whether you like this or not may be  a generational issue and how much tolerance you have for both political satire and very noisy rock music. I still liked it. It wasn’t quite as much fun because I had already seen it before, so some of the surprises weren’t so surprising, but I still think it’s great theatre or at least very good theatre. I loved the political satire. It makes you want to learn more about crazy Andrew Jackson who’s certainly one of our more colorful presidents. Certainly if you’re under the age of 30, this is probably going to be your favorite thing on Broadway. I give it three and a half stars.