Press release from the Chattanooga Theatre Centre:
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” cooks up an alternate universe (and draw parallels to today’s political landscape) in a show about Tennessee’s favorite son, reinventing the seventh U.S. president as an “emo” rock star. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre presents the irreverent, comedic Wild West rock musical on the Mildred M. Montague Circle Stage beginning June 14 for a five-weekend run.
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 on the Tennessee frontier to his days as Commander-in-Chief.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” takes us back to the American Frontier where shootouts, smallpox and scalping made growing up killer! Hoping to kick some British butt and smack down the Spaniards, thirteen-year old Andrew Jackson joins the Army and grows up to become America’s first populist president and greatest rock star since George Washington. Along the way, he invents the Democratic Party, moves Indians west, and plays a kick-ass guitar
Satirizing today’s politicians in a world where the 24- hour news cycle creates rock stars out of everyone, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a fast-paced rock musical about the country we live in and the leaders we choose. This wildly entertaining, adults-only, 90-minute show (book by Alex Timbers, Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman) is directed by Scott Dunlap, with musical direction by Jason Whitehead (the director/musical director combination that brought the hit musical RENT to the Circle in 2010). Joanna Keeling is the Stage Manager. The musical features Scott Shaw (who debuted on the CTC stage last December as Daddy Warbucks in “Annie”) in the role of Andrew Jackson.
Scott Shaw as Andrew Jackson
Lizzie Chazen as Rachel Jackson
Justin Bridges as Henry Grunbaum
T.J. Carson as Red Eagle
Jim Eernisse as John C. Calhoun
Nathaniel Garth as Black Fox
Thomas Hawtin as Henry Clay
Stacy Helton as Martin Van Buren
Cody Keown as John Quincy Adams
Stefanie Oppenheimer as The Storyteller
Marcia Parks as Elizabeth
Greg Rambin as James Monroe
Emily White in a variety of roles including the featured soloist in “Ten Little Indians”
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 June 14 – July 13. With strong language and adult situations, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is for mature audiences. Tickets are $18 and are available by calling the box office (423) 267-8534 or online at TheatreCentre.com. Limited, premium seating onstage is available by calling the box office. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is located at 400 River Street on Chattanooga’s NorthShore next to Coolidge Park.