Outtakes: My night at UC-CS’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Sunday’s performance was preceded by a theater conversation between Kevin Landis, left; legendary Public Theatre producer Oskar Eustis, who brought “Bloody” to Broadway in 2010; and “Bloody” composer Michael Friedman. Watch for the video podcast to come.


By John Moore
March 20, 2013

Opening No. 46, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”: Students at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs learned that direct democracy, directly applied, is, like … totes lame(!) in their staging of this inventive, frontier emo-rock musical about the founder of the Democratic Party. It presents America’s seventh president as a modern-day, skinny-jeans rock star who stumbles into populism, Indian removal and tremendous power. Starring Omid Dastán Harrison and featuring Jessica Parnello, Lynne Hastings, Robbie Armstrong, Doug Wolfe, Zach Bailey, Alex Williams, Erik Brevik, Jeff Mills, Dana Kjeldsen, Chloe Kiskiras and Jen Cortes. Directed by Kevin Landis with Solveig Olsen. Remaining performances 7:30 p.m. March 20-23; 2 p.m. March 23 and 4 p.m. March 24. At the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, corner of Union and Austin Bluffs Parkway on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus, 719-255-3232 or theatreworks’ home page . All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.org. Thanks Emilie P. Green, Caitlin Green, Murray Ross and Drew Martorella.

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Sunday’s performance was attended by the legendary Public Theatre producer Oskar Eustis, who brought “Bloody” to Broadway in 2010, and composer Michael Friedman.


Omid Dastán Harrison prepares for an afternoon on the wild frontier as land expansionist-turned-emo-rock-star Andrew Jackson, known by some as just, “America’s Hitler.”


The entire lobby of the Bon Vivant Theatre has been turned into a carnival-slash-state-fair-concert kind of setting.


Test your strength … against Andrew Jackson’s crabby corrupt cabinet.




Here’s a fun carny game: Guess which blanket provided to Native Americans by the U.S. military is NOT infested with smallpox??


Fun historical facts about James Monroe … AND Metamucil!


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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at culturewestjohn@gmail.com