Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Original Cast Recording)
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America’s seventh president as an emo-rock icon? That’s the unlikely premise for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, an audacious musical featuring the songs of composer Michael Friedman. This stage show draws parallels between 19th-century America and today’s youth culture with cheeky irreverence and unexpected bursts of insight. Ambition, lust and violence seethe through these lyrics as the music combines hell-bent punk energy with Broadway tunefulness. The show’s score bristles with rowdy anthems (“Populism, Yea Yea”), morbid ditties (“Ten Little Indians”), congressional sing-alongs (“The Corrupt Bargain”) and presidential laments (“The Saddest Song”). The fierce, guitar-driven “Rock Star” makes the connection between the hunger for political glory and showbiz fame explicit. Amidst the mostly hard-charging tunes is the pastoral ballad “Second Nature,” a moving commentary on the cost of progress. At once a full-throated celebration and a scathing satire, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a history lesson that will send you bouncing into the moshpit.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
I was able to see this production at the Public Theatre in NYC back in June. I had front row seats. The show is amazing and hilarious! The cast is amazing, and very kind. We got to meet the cast members when they came outside the theatre. I recommend this musical to anybody who enjoys theatre and to anybody who enjoys history. Although the musical is not at all historically accurate, it is very smart humor for the historian anyway. I hope to get to see it again while it is on Broadway, but I am just excited I got front row seats while it was playing Off-Broadway! I'm just a little sad that there weren't more songs added to the production!
This is great for the inner punk rocker in you. It has great power anthems throughout. Just about every song is great. The problem with this album is that sometimes the guitar get in the way of the singing and it makes it hard to listen to. But other wise this is a album that every theatre fan should have.
Just saw this in previews last night and loved it. I think this show is going to be around for a while and should definitely be up for some Tony's.