Theater/Dance/Performance Art

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

When: Sept. 12-Oct. 5 2013

Andrew Jackson may have been one of our nation’s most ruthless presidents, but he’s also a source of inspiration for writer Alex Timbers’ and songwriter Michael Friedman’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. The duo’s blaring rock musical blows the whistle on Old Hickory’s relationship with Native Americans — he slaughtered and stripped them of their land — and gives us a closer look at him as a boy, husband, general and populist president. Transformed into a rock star with cowboy and prostitute backup singers in this special Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte show, we get a Jackson who — despite all his flaws — fought for a democratic party and intoxicated the public during his time in the White House. Bo Broadwell portrays Jackson and Nicia Carla stands by his side in the role of Rachel, his supportive and stressed wife. Sexed up and emotionally charged, the production does justice in showing how politics, even in modern day, affect the American temperament in waves — and just how brutal that can be, too.

Anita Overcash

Price: $26-$31 for other shows

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