The historical truth of President Andrew Jackson is complicated, as it is for most great men. He was a brawler who dueled his detractors at the drop of a hat, hated the British with a violent passion and survived an assassination attempt through what many believed was divine providence. Jackson forcefully relocated Native Americans in a bit of ethnic cleansing known as the Trail of Tears, and yet adopted two sons of Native American heritage. In Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers' hard-rocking musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, our seventh president is a smoldering rock star who makes love to the country with the same intensity with which he wages war against his enemies. His macho populism and belief in the common man come through in heartfelt songs that cast a modern light on the age old problem of politics: How do you get your way without losing your soul? New Line Theatre presents Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (September 27 through October 20) at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (6501 Clayton Road; 314-534-1111 or www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $10 to $20.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 27. Continues through Oct. 20, 2012