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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Actor’s Express

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“In Washington you can’t get anything done” is a phrase that you expect to be cited to President Barack Obama, but this quote is attributed to Andrew Jackson, our seventh president.  If you are not familiar with him, then take out a twenty-dollar bill and the ruffled looking grim gentleman is Andrew Jackson.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Actor’s Express is a fun history lesson into the ups and downs of a true “bad ass” president, who came into office riding a wave of frustration from a voting public who wanted “change” to the ways of Washington.  Sound familiar?

This history class is much more fun than one you may have taken in school, it moves quickly on the accomplishments of this gentleman from Tennessee, often referred to as “old hickory”.  Andrew Jackson played by Maxim Gukhman, who not only favors the general but has the stamina to keep this high pace story moving along at warped speed.  This tale gleams over Jackson’s accomplishments, first congressman, then Senator from Tennessee, judge, first territorial governor of Florida, General, and then two term Commander-in-Chief and the list goes on and on.

Andrew Jackson played by Maxim Gukhman. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

This story even chronicles his love affair with his beautiful bride Rachel Jackson (Galen Crawley)and showcases the love for his adopted son Lyncoya played by the enthusiastic and talented young Sam Costantino who is quickly becoming a familiar face in the Atlanta theatre scene.

I was quickly transported to the nineteenth century with the pre-show hootenanny is a fun sing along. The set is really cool, it looks like an old time western salon (at the time Tennessee was considered the Western frontier) with a patriotic scheme of red, white, and blue and in house bar with drink specials that makes for a festive environment.

In a quick blend of the present and past pop culture you see in one scene a fight with Andrew and a Spaniards for Florida in a clever way is also a homage to Michael Jackson’s “beat it” video  as they get ready to rumble to the tunes of “Beat It”.

Last summer I took a road trip to the Jackson’s home outside of Nashville, the Hermitage, but must admit I had a lot more fun learning this history lesson with the kids at Actor’s Express than touring the musty old plantation grounds of where Andrew and Rachel lie together for eternity.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a play I would definitely watch again, it is fast pace, rockin’ and rollin’, and a good story that showcases the old adage of politics, “the more things change… the more they stay the same.”

History notes that  Jackson’s last words were to his love ones gathered around, “Oh, do not cry, be good children and we shall all meet in heaven”… now you don’t have to wait to meet Jackson, you can go to Actors Express and just say hello in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson which runs through February 17.

Directed by Freddie Ashley, based on the book by Alex Timbers with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will not disappoint, for information visit: www.Actors-Express.com or simply call (404)607-SHOW.

Follow them on twitter @AExpress # AEBloodyAJ #AndyJax

Mr and Mrs Andrew Jackson.
Maxim Gukhman as Andrew Jackson and Galen Crawley as Rachel Jackson; Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus

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“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!

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Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.”  We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!

The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.

From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.

The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland  as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!

After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”

This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!

 

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The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!

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Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.

Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.

We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.

Raul Thomas – Owner of Theatre on the Square

TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?

Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker  and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.

   Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.

   The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.  
   Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.

   After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.

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Pure Magic! Cinderella at The Fox Theatre!

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Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy.  She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.

As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.

Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!

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