Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Written by Alex Timbers
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Paul Melone
“Insanely funny! The smartest, sharpest new musical in years.” – Time Out NY
October 19 – November 17, 2012
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recreates and reinvents the life of ‘Old Hickory,’ from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. Using an anachronism-filled emo-rock score, the show tells the story of America’s first maverick president, who kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards, all in the name of these United States.
Brandon Barbosa (Lyncoya) Brandon is honored to be making his debut at SpeakEasy in this totally dynamic production! Brandon has performed in several shows at the Northshore Music Theatre including the beloved production of the A Christmas Carol as Tiny Tim Cratchit in 2010 & 2011, The King and I, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is also looking forward to his performance as Jesse in Distracted presented by the Underground Railroad Theater this spring. BBAJ takes him from Cratchits to hatchets, making it his coolest show yet!
Samil Battenfeld (Lyncoya) is very excited to be making his SpeakEasy debut. A 5th grader at the J.W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain, Samil was introduced to theater though camps at Kids Together in the Arts and the Wheelock Family Theatre. Samil has appeared on the Wheelock stage in Charlotte’s Web (baby spider), The Wizard of Oz (Lollipop Guild boy and flying monkey), and Aladdin (Slave of the Lamp), where he was joined in the cast by his older sisters, Priya and Varsha. Samil’s favorite and most recent role was as Percy in Wheelock’s The Miracle Worker.
Mary Callanan* (Storyteller, Ensemble) is excited to return to SpeakEasy, having been last seen here in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Other SpeakEasy shows include Violet and BatBoy and numerous Sorry, Wrong Numbers. Mary recently played Rosie in the North American tour of Mamma Mia! and is relieved to be out of spandex and platforms. National Tours: Sound of Music, Damn Yankees, and big in New England, Mary has also worked at the Lyric Stage, Stoneham, Stuart Street Playhouse, Gloucester Stage and the Ogunquit Playhouse. A Cabaret Fellow of the O'Neill Symposium, Mary has done cabaret work in NY, Boston, Provincetown, and yes, cruise ships. www.marycallanan.com
Gus Curry* (Andrew Jackson) SpeakEasy: debut. Tour: Cabaret (US and Canada). New York: (e)vaporate (Barrow Street Theatre); Ocean in a Teacup (Midtown International Theatre Festival, MITF Award Best Actor in a Lead Role: Musical). Boston Area: Carnival (Gloucester Stage Co., W.I.S.E. Foundation Thespian of the Year, 2012); Pippin, The Producers, Forever Plaid, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, All Shook Up, Lend me a Tenor (Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH). Regional: The Fantasticks, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Mousetrap (New London Barn Playhouse); Rent (Broadway Palm); Hair (The Allman); Big River (Bell-Herron Arts Centre); Damn Yankees (JPT, TAP Award: Best Actor). Studied at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. Proud member of AEA.
Tom Hamlett (John Quincy Adams, Ensemble) is so thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy Stage debut! Most recently Tom could have been seen in Candide at The Huntington. He is a current senior at The Boston Conservatory. There his credits include: Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Molina); The Pride (Oliver); Sweeney Todd (Ensemble Anthony u/s); and The Altruists (Ronald). Tom is a loyal Dallas, Texan at heart! He sends much love to his Mom, Dad, Cix, Chester, Chloe, Scout, Moscow, and my Aunt Sue.
Ryan Halsaver (John Calhoun) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after having appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster 1). Other professional credits include The Andrews Brothers (Patrick), The Drowsy Chaperone (George), Grease(Vince Fontaine), Hairspray (Corny Collins), I Love You. You're Perfect. Now Change. (Man 2) among others. Ryan is proud to be a part of this amazing cast and looks forward to rocking out with them every night! Special thanks to Paul Melone, Paul Daigneault, Jim Torres, Larry Sousa, and the wonderful SpeakEasy production team.
Amy Jo Jackson* (Ensemble) is delighted to return to SpeakEasy after appearing as Necrophorus in NINE! Broadway: Kinky Boots (Production Dialect Coach; Spring 2013). Off-Broadway: Nymph Errant (Prospect). NYC:The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (EPBB); Kaspar Hauser, Great Recession (The Flea); multiple MUSICALS TONIGHT; Newsadoozies (UCB). Regional: Henry IV, Rocky Horror, The Laramie Project, Godspell, As Bees in Honey Drown, Tommy, The Full Monty,and two trips flying Lufthansa in Boeing Boeing. As Text/Dialect Coach: the 2012 Drama Desk nominated These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea); The Cell; Prospect; Lake Dillon; Bowery Electric; NYTW. BFA BoCo. www.amyjojackson.com
Michael Levesque (Ensemble) recently appeared as Henry in SpeakEasy Stage's production of Next to Normal. Michael is a recent graduate of Northeastern University's BS Computer Engineering program. At NU, Michael played such roles as Benny (Guys and Dolls) and Adam (Shape of Things). Other local credits include Emmett (Legally Blonde), Man 2 (Songs for a New World), Homer (Floyd Collins) and Chad (All Shook Up). He would like to thank his mother for teaching him about true strength as well as his incredible family and friends for their unwavering support. Many thanks to the Paul's and Nick for another unbelievable opportunity. Always for you, Dad.
Evan Murphy (Ensemble) Evan is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. A recent graduate of Boston College, Evan is now a marketing intern at SpeakEasy Stage and a working bluegrass musician. In his time at BC Evan was fortunate enough to perform in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, Pillowman and Reefer Madness.
Josh Pemberton (Martin Van Buren) Joshua is so excited to be making his SpeakEasy Debut in BBAJ with this Amazing group of artists!! Favorite credits include: Sweeney Todd, You're A Good…Charlie Brown, Show Boat, Aida (Muny),Grease (Muny), Johnny Pye…Foolkiller, and 25th Annual Putnam…Spelling Bee for which Joshua received an IRNE nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Joshua is a proud member of The Boston Conservatory Class of 2011! Joshua wants to thank his NYC roommates/ best friends Whitney and Bligh, Mike Heslin (check out War Horse), Dianne and the team at Leading Artists Inc., Paul Daigneault who makes all things possible, Paul Melone and Nicholas Connell, The Conkling Family, and his own family. Mom and Dad, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to reach my dreams!
Diego Klock Perez (Henry Clay, Black Fox, Ensemble) is rockin'out to his SpeakEasy debut. Diego has just begun his professional career. Car Talk: The Musical!!! at Central Square Theater, kicked-off his professional experience. Diego is currently a full-time Theater student at The Boston Conservatory earning his BFA. Diego is overjoyed to be in the SpeakEasy family, and sends a special thanks to Mary Beth, Diego Sr, Paul D, Paul M, Michelle C, and Ryan B.
Ben Rosenblatt* (James Monroe) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut with this production. NYC: Language of Angels, Great American Desert, Shel's Shorts (78th Street Theatre LAB), A Day in the Life... (Algonquin Theatre), The Oresteia (Delphi Theatre). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare & Co., Connecticut Rep, Ivoryton Playhouse among others. Ben recently performed in the International tour of ReEntry, which played US military bases, hospitals and conferences throughout the world. He is an Associate Artist of American Records Theatre Company in NYC. BFA, University of Connecticut. MFA, Brandeis University. www.benrosenblattactor.com
Alessandra Vaganek (Rachel Jackson) is very excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut! Alessandra is currently a senior at The Boston Conservatory where she's pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Aside from being a student, she's also a certified dance teacher through Dance Educators of America and a choreographer! Most recently, she appeared at this year's NYMF in Le Cabaret Grimm (Helga). Some favorite BoCo credits include: The Apple Tree(Barbara), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Aurora), Curtains (Jessica Cranshaw) and Sweet Charity (Frug Soloist). Special Thanks to 'the Pauls' for this awesome opportunity!
Brittany Walters (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her SpeakEasy Debut! She is currently a senior at The Boston Conservatory studying musical theatre with an emphasis in directing. At school she has performed in The Apple Tree (Narrator) and The Break Up Notebook (Bad Perm/Leather Mask.)She couldn't be more grateful and excited to be working on such a smart and fun piece. She thanks the two Pauls for this opportunity and sends special thanks to her friends, the ℅ 2013, and her mother for their love and support.
Jeff Adelberg (Lighting Designer) SpeakEasy: The Motherfucker with the Hat, Next to Normal, Red, reasons to be pretty, Nine, Body Awareness, Adding Machine: A Musical (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design), [title of show], Blackbird, The New Century, The Little Dog Laughed, Fat Pig. Other recent work: The Lily's Revenge (American Repertory Theatre); John Kuntz's The Hotel Nepenthe (Huntington Theatre Company's Emerging America Festival); Medea, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Hotel Nepenthe (IRNE Award), Timon of Athens, The Duchess of Malfi (IRNE Award)(Actors’ Shakespeare Project); The Company We Keep and John Kuntz's The Salt Girl (Boston Playwrights Theatre); Buddy Cop 2, I Capture The Castle (Stoneham Theatre); The Balcony, The Full Monty, L'Enfant et les Sortileges and L'Heure Espagnole (The Boston Conservatory); Boston'sChristmas Revels since 2010. Jeff attended the University of Connecticut and teaches at Boston College. www.LDJeff.com
Ryan Began (Assistant Director) is excited to make his SpeakEasy debut. Recently he has served as an assistant director of The Diva Monologues at the Intermezzo Opera Company and the premiere of Car Talk: The Musical!!! at the Central Square Theatre. He has directed numerous shows most recently James and the Giant Peach at the Boston Children’s Theatre. Other credits include Mortal Terror (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Niobe: Queen of Thebes (Boston Early Music Festival), and Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage Company). Ryan is a graduate of Suffolk University, 2011, where he received his degree in directing.
Katherine Clanton (Asst. Stage Manager)
Nick Connell (Musical Director) is so thrilled to be working on this tizight production! Past Speakeasy shows include: Xanadu, Next To Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nine, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Nick recently played Gabe in MMAS' production of Next To Normal. He is an award winning singer/songwriter and music director from Las Vegas with a BM in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. This Fall, Nicholas will release his debut pop album with the lead single, Drum Driving, available now on iTunes and Spotify. www.nicholasconnell.com
Paul Daigneault (Producing Artistic Director) Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson brings the number of shows that Paul has produced at SpeakEasy to 102! SpeakEasy directing highlights include: Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer -The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don't!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director , Midsize Company); The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; Elegies: A Song Cycle; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Merrily We Roll Along; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels and Sunday in the Park with George (The Boston Conservatory); and Into the Woods, Urinetown and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory. In 2007, Paul was honored with the Boston College Arts Council's Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement. Last season Paul was again back at Boston College where he served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S. J. Professor in Theatre Arts.
Angie Jepson (Fight Choreographer) returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in reasons to be pretty and The Little Dog Laughed, as well as doing fight work for reasons to be pretty, Jerry Springer the Opera,Blackbird, and Fat Pig. Other work as a fight choreographer includes: Romeo and Juliet (Happy Medium Theatre) Matt and Ben (Central Square Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Boston's Children's Theatre), Nicholas Nickelby and Legacy of Light (Lyric Stage Company), and boom (New Rep). Angie teaches acting and stage combat at Worcester State University, stage combat for opera students at Boston University, and is a graduate of the MFA Acting Program at Brandeis University.
Natalie Kearns (Props Master) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, where she got her professional start with Parade. Other SpeakEasy credits as Props Master include The Little Dog Laughed, Some Men, Zanna Don't!, Reckless, and [title of show], as well as Assistant Props Master for The Vibrator Play. Natalie is currently the staff Properties Artisan at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island and also serves as Props Master for the Brown/Trinity MFA Program. Local credits include props for Lyric Stage (Irma Vep, Follies), Nora Theatre (Not Enough Air), Opera Boston (Madame White Snake, La Grande Duchesse), Brown Summer Playwright's Rep (2011, 2012 seasons), and Shakespeare & Co. (2010 summer season). Beyond New England, she's had work featured at the Beijing Music Festival in China, Royal Shakespeare Company in England, and Central City Opera in Colorado. She was a Professional Intern at the Huntington Theatre Company for the 2008-2009 season and has her BFA in Theater Design/Technology from Emerson College. www.nataliekearns.com
Eric Levenson (Scenic Designer) has designed 27 previous SpeakEasy productions. These have included sets for The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Next to Normal, Reasons to be Pretty, Nine, [title of show], Savannah Disputation, Jerry Springer, Blackbird, Some Men, A Little Dog Laughed, Parade, Caroline Or Change, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, Take Me Out, Company, A Man Of No Importance (co-production with Sugán), A Class Act, Three Days Of Rain, An American Daughter and Balm In Gilead (Elliot Norton Design Award), and sets and lights for Floyd Collins and Our Lady Of 121st Street. Eric’s recent designs include sets for The How and the Why and Silver Spoon at the Nora and Passing Strange at the New Rep. Eric is a Technical Instructor in the MIT theatre department and an All-Categories member of IATSE United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Aaron Mack (Audio Consultant) is glad to be back at SpeakEasy for his 5th season. Aaron is a freelance sound designer and composer based in greater Boston, and has two Elliot Norton Awards for Best Design for his work on The Adding Machine: A Musical at SpeakEasy, and The Aliens with Company One. Aaron is also the Titles Administrator at the Santa Fe Opera Company. Recent notable work includes: The Drowsy Chaperone (SpeakEasy), I Speak Therefore I Am (A.R.T. Institute), The Foreign Play Festival (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Nine (SpeakEasy) and Xanadu (SpeakEasy). As always, Aaron would like to thank the entire SpeakEasy family for their love and support, and his family and friends.
Paul Melone (Director/General Manager/Production Manager) has managed over 80 plays, musicals, concerts, cabarets and special events for SpeakEasy Stage. In addition, he has directed the company’s productions of reasons to be pretty; Adding Machine: A Musical (2010 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Direction); The Little Dog Laughed; Fat Pig; The Moonlight Room; Our Lady of 121st Street; and The Shape of Things. Other local directing credits include The Apple Tree (The Boston Conservatory), Curse of the Starving Class (Apollinaire Theatre Company), and Things Beyond Our Control (Brandeis University). He is also a graduate of Boston University’s Theatre Department.
Eric Norris (Sound Designer) SpeakEasy: Next to Normal, Xanadu Company One: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Eric is a Midwest native, now Brookline resident and graduate of the New England Institute of Art with a BS in Audio and Media Technology. He has experience working in studio/freelance recording (Mike Davidson Recording/Zippah Recording), live sound mixing and plays bass/electric guitar in the band Grand Resort.
Amanda Ostrow (Wardrobe Supervisor) SpeakEasy: Motherfu**er with the Hat and Xanadu. Local credits: Gross Indecency (Bad Habit Productions); Crimes of the Heart and Carnival (Gloucester Stage Company); The Understudy; Nicholas Nickleby; Blithe Spirit; Lady Day; Groundswell; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Kiss Me, Kate; Grey Gardens; Speech & Debate; The Mystery of Irma Vep; November; and Souvenir (Lyric Stage); Hairspray; The Music Man; Into the Woods; La Cage Aux Folles; Mame; Hello, Dolly! (Reagle Music Theatre); Medea, Hamlet (Actor’s Shakespeare Project); Not Enough Air, The Cherry Orchard, Buried Child (Nora Theatre Company); and Design For Living (The Publick Theatre). Amanda also worked in Administration at the Gloucester Stage Company for three summers. She received her BA in Media Studies and Business at The University of Southern Maine.
Julie A. Otis (Director of Marketing, Press, & Public Relations) is delighted to have been working in the Boston theatre community for over 15 years. Prior to SpeakEasy Stage Company, she worked with ArtsBoston, Boston Theatre Works, Broadway Across America-Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, and the American Repertory Theater. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Philosophy and Drama and has a Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is thrilled to be a part of SpeakEasy’s team and to share their love of creating breathtaking moments of intimacy and expression for artists and audiences alike.
Elisabetta Polito (Costume Designer) is pleased to make her SpeakEasy debut. Recent work includes Time Stands Still (The Lyric Stage), Calvin's Monster (Boston Children's Theatre), Medea (Actors’Shakespeare Project), Imaginary Invalid (Concord Academy), Dr. Faustus (Suffolk University), 1001 (Company One), The Nutcracker and Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theatre), Funnyhouse of a Negro and Three Sisters (Brandeis Theatre Company), Hamlet (GAN-e-meed Theatre Project), and Cyrano (Apollinaire Theatre Company). She also assisted costume designer Charles Schoonmaker on Don Pasquale (Boston Midsummer Opera), and Nine (SpeakEasy Stage). She holds an M.F.A. from Brandeis University. www.elisabettapolito.com.
Jason Pratt (Master Electrician)
Larry Sousa (Choreographer) makes his SpeakEasy debut with this production, and returns later in the season to choreograph IN THE HEIGHTS. Larry has directed and choreographed musicals from coast to coast, receiving numerous honors including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Ovation Award. Here in Boston Larry directed Reagle Music Theatre’s MY FAIR LADY, BYE BYE BIRDIE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and more. Larry has appeared in numerous Broadway companies, TV sitcoms and commercials. He is the choreographer of the upcoming Broadway musical MERRY GO ROUND. Faculty: The Boston Conservatory, Bridgewater State University, Project Moves/The Gold School. www.larrysousa.com
Amy Spalletta* (Stage Manager) previously stage managed Next to Normal, Next Fall, Nine, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). Previous Boston area credits include: God of Carnage, Educating Rita, The Miracle at Naples, Third (Huntington Theatre); All's Well That Ends Well(Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Hot Mikado, Opus, Indulgences, Speed-the-Plow, Mister Roberts, Exits and Entrances, Cabaret, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Eurydice (New Repertory Theater); The Scene, This Wonderful Life, and Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage); and Mr. Marmalade (Company One). Other regional credits include: The Europeans and Scenes from an Execution (PTP/NYC). Amy has served as Production Coordinator for Boston Midsummer Opera for the last four years.She graduated from Boston University with a concentration in stage management and is a proud member of Actor's Equity.
Alix Strasnick (Technical Director) is excited to be back at SpeakEasy in the role of Technical Director. Past SpeakEasy TD credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Next to Normal and Xanadu. Alix also was Master Electrician for SpeakEasy’s productions of Next Fall and The Divine Sister. Alix is the assistant technical director at the Groton School (Rumors), as well as the resident Technical Director for the Longwood Players’ (Lend Me a Tenor, Songs for a New World). Alix is a Boston native and has spent the last three years putting up sets and lights for over 20 Boston theatre groups.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
Don't miss these special events taking place at performances of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
- FRI, OCT 26 - Out & About
Featuring a post-show party with the cast for our LGBT friends and their guests
- SUN, OCT 28 - Talkback
Featuring artists from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
- SUN, NOV 4, 2 pm - Pre-show talk with Michael Friedman
The composer and lyricist of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will be talking about his process and inspiration behind the show.
You must have a ticket for the 3 pm performance to attend this pre-show talk.
- THUR, NOV 8 - Inside SpeakEasy
Focus on the unique challenges of Making a Musical
- SUN, NOV 11 - Inside SpeakEasy
Your second chance to catch it!
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Basic Show Information
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Written by Alex Timbers
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Paul Melone
Musical Direction by Nicholas James Connell
OCT 19 - NOV 17, 2012
Hi-Resolution Production Images
Bloody Good Fun
Gus Curry: I'm So That Guy - Meet the star of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Interview with Michael Friedman - Lyricist and composer of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Timeline - Fact-check the play against the true story of Old Hickory
Bloody Bloody Hard Work - How the show started with a blind date and ended up on Broadway
Interview with Alex Timbers - The man who literally wrote the book
Up & Coming: Nicholas James Connell - Meet the Musical Director and rising star