Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

When: Nov. 5-6 2011

We figured that someday we’d get a chance to see this controversial, Tony-nominated musical, which failed to ignite during its brief run last year (but got the kind of Book of Mormon-esque reviews that suggested its timing was off). But we never figured it would be at University School of Nashville — which becomes, as best we can tell, the first drama group in the country to perform the play since it closed on Broadway in January. We can practically read your minds on this one: “What? Who wouldn’t want to see an emo musical about Old Hickory?” Thanks to USN and director Catherine Coke, you’ll get your chance, as book author Alex Timbers and lyricist-composer Michael Friedman chart the American Lion’s career path from frontier lawyer and reluctant reformer (“I’m Not That Guy”) to hero of the War of 1812 (“I’m So That Guy”) — with room for debate, via dueling production numbers, whether he’s the “People’s President” of Jacksonian democracy or the “American Hitler” of the Trail of Tears. Howard Kittell, president and CEO of the Hermitage, will appear in the USN auditorium 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, to discuss Jackson’s legacy. Tickets for the play are $5. Call 321-8000 for more information.

Jim Ridley

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