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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Corn Stock Winter Playhouse
February 10 -11 & 16-18 at 7:30 pm, and February 19 at 2:30 pm

Corn Stock’s Winter Playhouse presents its token musical offering of their 2016-17 season with BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, opening February 10th and running through February 19th for six performances.

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Alex Timbers. The show is a comedic historical rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party, and re-invents America’s seventh President Andrew Jackson as an “Emo” rock star and focuses on political populism, the Indian Removal Act, and Jackson’s relationship with his wife Rachel. To take one of America’s most polarizing figures, remembered as a brutish hot-head prone to frequent duels and turn him into a whiny millennial-type prone to self-mutilation and the occasional temper tantrum is such an unusual concept that even its director Chip Joyce doesn’t deny.

“Around the time of Jackson’s administration, the United States was essentially a teenager. Emotions were heightened, hormones were raging, there was an itch to rebel against the status quo” he explains. “So it actually works better than you might think!”

The show has an anachronistic “no rules” vibe to it, not to mention a countless number of scenes, dozens of quirky characters, and a pounding rock score squeezed into its slim 90-minute run time. Adam Sitton as Jackson leads an ensemble cast of 17 that also includes a live five piece onstage rock band. Joyce adds: “There is a very thin line between where the cast ends and the band begins. At many times, actors will join in and play instruments, and band members will join in and sing and dance. It’s a very cool fusion of actors and musicians that you don’t see much of in theatre around here.”

This will be the first time the show has been presented on “Peoria soil” though Eureka College also produced the title in 2013. Prior to its run locally, the show began development in 2006 and prior to a brief Broadway run opened off-Broadway in 2009 at the Public Theatre, a venue best known as the birthplace of such famous and provocative shows as Hair, A Chorus Line, and more recently Hamilton.

Inevitably, this show has also drawn comparisons to Hamilton and also raised questions about how the show pertains to the current political climate.

“On paper sure I suppose you could say it is like Hamilton with its retelling of American history using modern music and language. But don’t come in expecting Hamilton. Not that you’ll be disappointed, it’s just its own wild beast.”

As far as the show’s political agenda? “The show speaks for itself. We all think what we want to anyways, so just come see it!” Joyce says. “If your opinion on anything political isn’t swayed by something else, then it won’t be by this show either. But you’ll at least have a new soundtrack album you’ll want to download after you walk out of the show.”

It is also a musical not for the faint of heart. “It’s a rock show, so of course it’s going to be loud. It’s angry, aggressive, and contains some of the most colorful language you’ve heard in any show. It’s a lot to pack into the small space.” Joyce says. “But don’t let all that scare you away! You’re safer here than you are trolling the Internet.”


If you like rock concerts, if you like theatre, and whether you like or hate politics, you’ll love BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON! Running February 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, and 18th at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on February 19th. Be advised this show contains strong language and violence, mature adult content, and immature political talk. Tickets are $18/Adult, $12/Student (with Student ID). Call 309-676-2196 or visit for more information.

Posted on February 3, 2017