'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' takes Broadway: Go see it!

bloody-bloody-andrew-jacksonImage Credit: Joan MarcusBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson has to be the year’s strangest Broadway show. It is also quite possibly the most awesome. If you haven’t heard yet, BBAJ is a seriously hilarious indie-rock musical about the life of our seventh president. After a celebrated Off-Broadway run earlier this year, it’s moved up to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where we recommend you see it ASAP.

The new Broadway production, which opened last night, got an A review from EW. Check out that review, then let us know if you’re planning to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway. Trust us: Benjamin Walker (pictured), who plays Jackson, is the kind of star you want to see in person before he gets even more famous.


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  • Chris

    I’d love to see it. Wish I lived in New York or at least was visiting sometime soon. Sadly I’m not.

  • Jules

    saw the show in preview and it was amazing. already planning on seeing it again.

  • Alia

    You know, most of the time I really like living in Texas. But sometimes I REALLY wish I lived closer to New York. I’m listening to this on YouTube right now. I want to see it!!!

    • Alia

      Seriously. Gotta love a musical with lyrics like “James Monroe was a d—–bag!”

      • Mole

        Clearly no room for an Era of Good Feelings here!

      • Alia

        Certainly not when the overwhelming sentiment is (and I quote) “Life SUCKS! And my life sucks in particular.” I’m pretty sure that’s historically accurate.

  • Laura

    This is the first I’m hearing about this! I would love to see it, but, not living in the US, it will be a while for me.

  • Ed

    Saw it last week in previews.
    My wife and I loved it.
    If you’re studing to be a nun—take a pass. If not—it’s a must see

  • Sara

    LOVED this show when it was off-broadway (saw it twice) and planning to see it again. Broadway seriously needs an injection of the weird, funny and modern (I mean, did you see what was on stage last year? It was pretty sad). And yeah, Benjamin Walker is pretty amazing.

  • Bobby’s Robot

    It’s fun.

  • Caitie F

    My husband and I decided we will go into the city and see it – even if it costs $30 each just for the train. We have listen to the Cast Album and it is worth it

  • khm

    I’m actually going to see it tomorrow night! I can’t wait!

  • anne

    Love this show. I saw it at the Public. So funny, so irreverant but it is definitely not for everyone. I do wonder what the average tourist will think when they see it. However, Benjamin Walker delivers a tour de force performance that will BLOW YOUR MIND in a good way. He’s a shoo-in for a Tony nomination.

  • Hannah

    I saw it at The Public when I was in New york this summer, and I absolutely loved it. Benjamin Walker is fantastic, and so is the music. I downloaded the soundtrack as soon as it came out. I wish I lived closer so I could see it again on Broadway.

  • John Doe

    Thanks for confirming my views of this massively over-hyped show. I have seen much more honest reviews of this show in the blog-o-sphere than with the big time newspaper/mass media and I swear, I seriously don’t know if everyone is watching the same show. Other than liking a president to a rock star styled story, I don’t think there is anything else original in the show at all. There is a part in the show where 3 native Americans come skipping out in unison from stage left that looks like a piece from, “The Little Rascals” when the gang dresses up like girls and skips around to show how, “girlie” they are. Then there’s the HILARIOUS part when the paralyzed storyteller has to LIFT her leg up so she can cross her legs. (I’ve seen paralyzed people actually doing this…and never even considered laughing at them) Then there’s the over the top HILARIOUS part in the show when actors get shot by arrows and they die in a manner which resembles the way, the backyard robbers die when Ralphie kills them with his Red-Rider BB gun in, “A Christmas Story”….They fall to their knees, roll eyes around a few times and fall to the ground with tongue out. Let’s not forget Jackson’s half Native American/half white son who understandably holds some resentment as to the way the Whites were treating the Native Americans when he runs through the set and screams, “Kill white people!!” This got a huge laugh from the people in the audience….I understand the way it was written and used in the show. However, the reaction from the 99% white audience is what I have problems with. It reminded me of the way countless amounts of white people had made jokes about black people calling for the downfall of, “The Man” or, “Kill whitey” years before any black comics started using that stuff in their routines. This is another great example of the way white people have felt entitled to laugh at the anger and frustration held by minorities based on the unfair treatment by the people in charge.

    This show is nothing but recycled crap after more recycled crap. Most of the costumes are off the rack pieces from downtown retail stores, the set is filled (and I do mean filled) with freebies from other shows or bought at garage sales, junk yards, etc. The music may have been hip a few years ago but is nothing more than different versions of FreeCreditScore.com commercials and the, “sexypants”ads all over town are nothing more than dusted off Bruce Springsteen’s, “Born in the USA” Album cover art.

    I could go on all day….But, I’ll just put it this way…The Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson reviews from the mass media critics must have something going on behind the scenes like owing favors to the Public theater or helping out some of the unnamed investors because this show might be a cute novelty for a small downtown theater, but on broadway, it’s not worth the money at all.

  • Stephanie T.

    I saw a snipit of it on Jimmy Fallon and I have been wanting to see it ever since!

  • Angee McKee

    Seen it twice……loved it more each time. Don’t miss this truly unique theater experience. And Benjamin Walker is amazing…the cast, a great ensemble of gifted folk who can make you laugh (and maybe think about things a bit)…

  • Beth

    I saw it this week. It was great and Benjamin Walker was very, very good!

    • Robb N.

      This show was ridiculous! I am so dissapointed in myself for wasting my time and $ to see it. It definitely DOES NOT belong on bwy.

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