More bloodletting on Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson to close January 2



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Benjamin Walker, center, wants to be your President.

Benjamin Walker, center, wants to be your President. Joan Marcus

Life sucks (and my life sucks in particular), now that we've gotten news that Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is closing on January 2 after 120 performances. The show, with a kicky, emo-rock score by Michael Friedman and whip-smart--sassy book and direction by Alex Timbers, deserved a longer run on Broadway. The show transferred from the Public Theater, and seemed even more energized and expansive on the stage of the Bernard B. Jacobs. And that's not just because genius set designer Donyale Werle's cabinet-of-curiosities set spilled into and above audience seating (goodbye, hanging mule!), but because the material—which seriously spoofed American populism—had persistent relevance. Whether you were talking about second-term Bush, change-promising Obama, corrupt Washingtonians, tea party morons, or garden-variety idiot citizens, the show had something both funny and scary to say. Now, Bloody Bloody joins the rest of January's casualties.

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