What do emo music and Old Hickory have in common? Nothing, which is part of why the Broadway rock musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is such an irreverent, innovative and incredible show.
BBAJ creators Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers are no Rodgers and Hammerstein—that's not an insult. Instead, we can look to the partnership of Parker and Stone (The Book of Mormon) for a comparison: BBAJ takes our seventh president's role in the formation of the Democratic party, his views on populism, and his treatment of Native Americans and views them through the lens of a blood- and sex-filled kaleidoscope trained on Jackson's tight jeans and set to a soundtrack of emo-rock. Boise's own HomeGrown Theatre takes on the Tony-nominated production that, like Jackson, has had its share of supporters and detractors for its portrayals of Old Hickory as a hot-bodied, hot-headed hellion. Weird and wonderful.