Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from "busting a gut" to "splitting your sides" to "tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain." Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at San Jose Stage Company. The show runs from June 21–July 29. Choose between the following options:
- For $38, you get two tickets for general-admission seating (up to a $90 value).
- For $70, you get four tickets for general-admission seating (up to a $180 value).
Andrew Jackson, the United States' seventh commander-in-chief and founder of the modern Democratic party, who still smirks on the $20 bill, receives a makeover as one of the nation's founding rock stars during the musical comedy Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. The rollicking rock musical, which split sides on Broadway recently under the tagline "History Just Got All Sexypants," induces contagious guffaws with its sharp wit and unyielding satire that "oozes political relevance," according to USA Today. At roughly 90 minutes, the same time it takes to train a doorbell to ding-dong in French, the musical blares its first chords during Old Hickory's early days on the Tennessee frontier. The guitar-driven production then follows the charming leader as he woos his wife Rachel and then the nation with a populist campaign that reaps an eight-year term in the White House.
Hardly a partisan parody, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson strives to cut party lines and analyze America's emotional relationship with its leaders and breakfast-cereal-box mascots. The play points to past and present political figures who embody the charisma and petulance of a rock star, leading the New York Times to remark, "who better to lead this restless, appetite-driven creature [America] than a red-blooded rock star?"
With scenes that involve sexual innuendo and profanity, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is not appropriate for children.
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