Southern in the CityDecember 13, 2010
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Spiderman may have temporarily eclipsed all of Broadway with its on and off-stage drama—tales of the show's budget-straining production snafus, unprecedented acrobatics, and technological wizardry have captivated the city—but let me call your attention to another show worth seeing, one that's actually playing right now: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Writer and Director Alex Timbers' off-beat, irreverent musical about the founding of the modern democratic party portrays our seventh president as something of a rock star, with enough edge, swagger, and eyeliner to make Mick Jagger jealous. And with titles like "Populism, Yea, Yea!" (watch a performance in the clip below) and "The Hunters of Kentucky," composer Michael Friedman's rousing songs and lyrics reflect the conflict, hopefulness, and cowboy-ish nature of early 19th Century America.