Despite a slew of solid reviews from the critics, the new musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” failed to find an audience on Broadway and becomes the second show in as many days to post a closing notice. The tuner, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by director Alex Timbers, was a fanciful take on the life of the seventh American president. Theater newcomer Benjamin Walker got great notices for his portrayal of the politico as the nation’s first celebrity.
Despite two well-received runs at the non-profit Public Theater downtown, the move to the rialto was always fraught with worries. The show was a hard sell amnong the more commercially palatable fare that fills Broadway houses. While the public may not have turned out, Tony nominators certainly will before the show shutters on Jan. 2. Despite the abbreviated run, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” could still be among the nominees at next June’s Tony Awards.
In a statement, producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel said, “We are so proud to have been part of this extraordinary production. The good news is that we believe ‘Bloody’ will be done throughout the country in the years ahead. There is considerable interest already from resident theatres and also from London.”
Image: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” Playbill (Jacobs Theater)