A little bit controversial and very much a people’s guy, Andrew Jackson can be said to be the country’s first rock star president. Actor’s Express production of the Off-Broadway and Broadway hit musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson explores politics and Jackson’s presidency with a punk rock score. In this Quick Chat, Maxim Gukhman, who plays Andrew Jackson, discusses the character and the musical.
What three words would you use to describe the musical?
“Andrew F*@ing Jackson”
How is this musical different from others you have been in?
It’s like doing three shows at the same time in half the length. It’s a little rock concert. A little musical theater and a lil’ road house (the movie with Patrick Swayze)
How would you describe the music in the show?
It’s like what would happen if Green Day and Regina Spektor had a musical love child with a plot line.
What is your favorite number to perform?
“Public Life” because it’s an amazing song where a man who has gained what he wanted only to lose the one thing he never thought he would.
What do you think will surprise audiences most about the musical?
The relevance of the show. How in 180 years, so little has changed in terms people, politics, and power. Also Cher!
What is the most interesting thing you learned about Andrew Jackson?
Upon his wife’s being insulted and being accused of cheating, Andrew Jackson dueled with Charles Dickinson. Dickinson got off the first shot to Jacksons chest, just missing his heart. Jackson grabbed the wound, shrugged it off, and then made the killing blow to Dickinson. He lived with the bullet inside his chest for the rest of his life. Almost 40 years with a bullet inside his chest – badass!
If you could write a musical about a historical figure, who would you write it about?
Otto Von Bismarck. I learned about him in the 10th grade, and I never forgot about the Military leader who united the Prussian and the German Sates into the German Empire. Always thought he was a clever and interesting guy. I mean he tricked France into war so that they looked like the bad guy. Brilliant! Also, there has to be an 11 o’clock number in that. Right?
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson runs January 12 through February 17, 2013 at Actor’s Express. For tickets and more information, visit the theater’s website.