One Jackson, 20 Washingtons, 4 Lincolns – whatever your denomination, the Know Theatre is trying to raise 1120 Jacksons in Cincinnati’s first ever crowd-sourced sponsorship campaign to support the upcoming run of Tony Award nominated musical,
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
. Written by Alex Timbers with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, the show opens March 31 and runs through May 12.
During its seven-week run, audiences will have plenty of opportunities to see the show that pulls no punches in a bold look at the “attraction and terrors of American Populism through the story of 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.”
Whether you’re hip to history, partial to politics or just a rock and roll fan – all types can find common ground and no shortage of subtext in this 90-minute production. The show integrates local band The Dukes are Dead into a cast featuring actor and associate company member Kellen York in the title role. In the words of Know's director Eric Vosmeier, “The production is an emo-rock musical of the life and rise of Andrew Jackson.”
The Club of Jacksons campaign began in December and to date has raised around 600 Jacksons toward its goal. Sponsorships begin at just $20. Contributions of $80 and above get you special admission to an invitation-only preview event on March 15.
“It’s a musical everyone can be attracted to due to its youth and energy,” says York.
“It’s hilariously tragic,” adds Vosmeier.
If the current political season isn’t entertaining enough, become a member of the Club of Jacksons and plan to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
beginning March 31. Tickets $15 in advance; $18 the week of performances.
• Got $20 to spare? Lend a Jackson to the Know Theatre.
• Buy a ticket to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
• Volunteer at the Know.
By Deidra Wiley Necco