Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

January 17-February 10

(Extended by popular demand!)

Andrew Jackson was a rock and roll GOD. He rode his outsider bad-boy image and his populist movement into office with promises to reform and representing the “other” America. What happened next was broken promises and a Trail of Tears. The multiple Tony nominee and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle winning high-octane rock musical will explode on Plays & Players’ mainstage in a Philadelphia premiere production!

Performance includes adult language, stylized violence for comedic effect, and sexuality. Is is not recommended for children under 13.

Ticketing Information

  • Purchase Tickets Here! or call 800-595-4849
  • $25 advance, $30 at the door
  • $20 for students and $15 per ticket for groups of ten or more
  • Mainstage
Performance Dates & Times
January 17 at 7pm*
January 18 at 8pm*
January 19 at 8pm**
January 20 at 3pm – Post-Show Talkback with Michael Friedman, Composer and Lyricist for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
January 23 at 7pm
January 24 at 7pm
January 25 at 8pm – Pre-show Museum Council of Philadelphia’s University Networking Night
January 26 at 2pm – Pre-show Friends of the Avenue of the Arts Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Artistic Director, Daniel Student
January 26 at 8pm – Historic Philadelphia Night, featuring pre-show talk at 7pm from the organization dedicated to making our history relevant and real through interpretation, interaction and education!
January 27 at 3pm – Post-Show Talkback with Andrew Shankman, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, Camden and Laura Pattillo, Assistant Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University
January 30 at 7pm
January 31 at 7pm
February 1 at 8pm – Pre-show First Friday MEMBERS ONLY Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30 – Learn about membership to Plays & Players!
February 2 at 2pm
February 2 at 8pm
February 3 at 3pm
February 8 at 8pm (extended performance!) – Pre-show conversation at 6:30pm: THE LEGACY OF JACKSONIAN AMERICA – NATIVE AMERICAN LIFE TODAY with Vanessa Iyua and Joseph Aguilar from the University of Pennsylvania
February 9 at 8pm (extended performance!)
February 10 at 3pm (extended performance!)
*Tickets to January 17 & 18 previews of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson are $5 off all price points.
**Opening Night. Reception to follow.

Cast and Creative Team

Directed by Daniel Student

Starring Joe Sabatino as Andrew Jackson. Also featuring Allison Caw, Max Cove, Jamison Foreman, Billy Kametz, Sam Nagel, Kristen Norine, Brendan Norton, Corey Regensburg, Shannon Remley,  Tim Rinehart, Meggie Siegrist, and Josh Totora.

Music Direction by Jamison Foreman, Choreography by Heather Cole, Fight Choreography by Terri McIntyre, Dramaturgy by Nelson Barre and Lena Barnard, Assistant Direction by Laurel Hostek, Set Design by Lance Kniskern, Light Design by Andrew Cowles, Costume Design by Jill Keys, Sound Design by Kyle Yackoski, and Props by Ben Storey.

More About The Performance

Featuring songs such as “Populism, Yea, Yea!,” “I’m So That Guy” and “Rock Star,” Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson compares Andrew Jackson’s frontier and manifest destiny fueled rise to power as the seventh president of the United States, and the first not born in Virginia or Massachusetts, to contemporary rock and roll American patriotic excess. A laugh-out-loud “South Park” style social critique mixes with a Brechtian self-awareness resulting in brazen satire that leaves no current political movement, from George W. Bush to the Tea Party to Obama’s “Yes We Can,” unscathed. In fact, the New York Times raved of the original production, “There is no show in town that more astutely reflects the state of this nation than Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson features music and lyrics written by Michael Friedman and a book by Alex Timbers. It was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and won the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical and the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical. The Philadelphia premiere will be directed by Plays & Players’ Producing Artistic Director Daniel Student, whose critically acclaimed productions in recent seasons include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, A New Brain, and Take Me Out.