Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson to close on 2 Jan

The Broadway premiere of the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson has posted early closing notices and will play its final performance on 2 Jan 2011. When the show closes it will have played 120 performances.

The show opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 13 Oct 2010, following previews from 9 Oct. The musical had recently released a new block of tickets that had been on sale through to 9 Apr 2011.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is the third Broadway show to have announced early closing notices in the last 7 days, the previous two being 'Elling' and 'The Scottsboro Boys.'

"We couldn't be prouder of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman, and the entire cast, band and design team of this extraordinary show. This wild ground-breaking musical grew up at the Public Theater and came to Broadway without compromising one bit of its originality or integrity. These fierce young artists will be shaping the American Theater for years to come. On behalf of all the producers, I want to congratulate them," said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis.

Co-producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel added: "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."

The musical opened on Broadway to mostly excellent reviews: A lot has changed since this musical opened at the Public Theatre last spring. And this show has changed along with the times, but not so much that it lost its punch (; Smarter and cruder than your average Broadway fare (NY Times); Lightweight, fresh and fun (NY Daily News); A wildly entertaining ride (Record); Soars along like a carnival ride (Variety).

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a sharp, irreverent look at America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson—the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation and signed the Indian Removal Acts that started the Trail of Tears — to investigate the attraction and terrors of American populism.

A co-production with Center Theatre Group and in association with Les Freres Corbusier, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is written and directed by Alex Timbers and features music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Friedman's score was honored with an L.A. Critics' Award for the musical's world premiere at Center Theatre Group.

The musical opened on Broadway following a sold-out run at Public LAB in 2009, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson returned to The Public for a full main stage production and opened to acclaimed reviews on 6 Apr 2010. It received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical. When the show closed on 27 Jun 2010, after three extensions, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was the second highest grossing show in The Public Theater's downtown history.

The show stars Benjamin Walker (Andrew Jackson), James Barry (Male Soloist), Greg Hildreth (Red Eagle), Jeff Hiller (Adams), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Van Buren), Kristine Nielsen (Storyteller), Cameron Ocasio (Lyncoya), Maria Elena Ramirez (Rachel), Kate Cullen Roberts (Elizabeth), Ben Steinfeld (Monroe) and Emily Young (Female Soloist).

The design team for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson features scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Bart Fasbender and choreography by Danny Mefford.

The musical is being presented on Broadway by The Public Theater, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Scott M. Delman, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comely and Susan Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe.

Benjamin Walker (Center) and cast More production photographs

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