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“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” on mlive.com

Just in case you missed it – there was a great article about Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson recently on mlive. Read the full article on their site and click the photo below to see more rehearsal photos from this fantastic new musical!

The cast of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" rehearse. The show is set to run for three consecutive weekends starting Feb. 6 at Actors' Theatre in Grand Rapids (Dave Kagan )

The cast of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” rehearse. The show is set to run for three consecutive weekends starting Feb. 6 at Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids (Dave Kagan )

Rock out with ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ concert/musical at Actors’ Theatre

By Todd Chance | tchance@mlive.com 
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – If you look closely at President Andrew Jackson’s image on a $20 bill, you might be able to see a small smirk. But you’d be hard pressed to imagine him rocking out as the lead singer of an emo-rock band.

Until you see “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

The rock musical on Broadway in 2010 is running for three long weekends Feb. 6-22 at Actors’ Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE.

Grand Award-winning director Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz (“The Wild Party”) is at the helm of this 11-person cast and takes on choreography duties as well. Scott Bell is the music director.

“The notes on the script say it is to be played like a PBS special or ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit,” Dutkiewicz said in a phone interview. “But I’d add in the popular ‘Drunk History’ videos from YouTube as inspiration as well.”

Read the rest of the article here, then head over to www.atgr.org to order your tickets today!

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

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REVIEW: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

The review of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is up on www.mlive.com! Here’s an excerpt:

From left, Connor Manion as John C. Calhoun, Colin Tobin as James Monroe, Jared Graybiel as Martin Van Buren and Jason DeJager as Henry Clay perform during a dress rehearsal of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," at the Actors' Theatre in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. (Andrew Kuhn | MLive.com)

From left, Connor Manion as John C. Calhoun, Colin Tobin as James Monroe, Jared Graybiel as Martin Van Buren and Jason DeJager as Henry Clay perform during a dress rehearsal of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” at the Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. (Andrew Kuhn | MLive.com)

Review: ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ serves ironic humor with heart at Actors’ Theatre

By Tricia Woolfenden | grentertainment@mlive.com

Speaking in advance of Actors’ Theatre’s February 6 premiere of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” director Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz likened the musical to the equally irreverent “Drunk History.”

For the uninitiated, “Drunk History” — a popular (and hilarious) Funny or Die web series picked up in 2013 by Comedy Central — offers a fanciful retelling of famous historical events offered through the slurred lens of the inebriated.

While it’s not for me to say whether “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” creators Alex Timbers (book) and Michael Friedman (music and lyrics) similarly partook of liquid inspiration during the musical’s creation, one thing is certain: If history class were half as playful as this, American youth wouldn’t have such a difficult time rattling off the names of our presidents. [read more…]

Go over to mlive and read the rest of the review, and then let them know what you thought of the show in comments!

Haven’t seen the show yet? There are still tickets available – head over to www.atgr.org to reserve yours today.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Feb. 6-22, 2014
All performances at 8:00PM at the Spectrum Theatre

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Actors’ Theatre Is Very Pleased To Announce….

We have recently been awarded an operations grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!

“Thank You” to both of these Councils for their support!!

  

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There is a great article on www.mlive.com about Venus in Fur! Here’s an excerpt:

Kink or comedy? ‘Venus in Fur’ brings both to stage at Actors’ Theatre

By Todd Chance | tchance@mlive.com 

Ellie Frances and Kyle Los star in the Actors' Theatre production of "Venus in Fur." Photo credit: Dave Kagan

Ellie Frances and Kyle Los star in the Actors’ Theatre production of “Venus in Fur.” Photo credit: Dave Kagan

[Kyle] Los plays Thomas Novachek, an arrogant playwright who cannot find the perfect woman to represent a character in his upcoming play based on “Venus im Pelz,” a novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch from whose name the term sadomasochism was based. Then a brass, foul-mouthed actress named Vanda, played by Ellie Frances, shows up to audition and possesses an uncanny ability to inhabit the character.

What happens next is a play within a play as we watch the only two actors in this 90-minute one-act show start to inhabit the characters from the play as they read lines.

While reading those lines, others begin to blur. […]

Be sure and read the rest of the article on www.mlive.com. Are you planning on seeing the show? Leave a comment at mlive and let us know!

More information on Venus in Fur can be found at www.atgr.org, be sure and reserve your tickets today – opening night is December 12th!

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The Grand Awards on mlive.com!

Did you see this great article on mlive about this year’s Grand Awards? Check it out:

Grand Awards Gala to recognize best Grand Rapids theater productions, raise money for Combined Theater Scholarship

By Sue Merrell | grentertainment@mlive.com 

Imagine a bubbly blonde, perpetually dressed in pink, doing battle with a deep, dark dysfunctional

Gabe, played by Kyle Los, watches as Dan, played by Larry Young, talks to Henry, played by Duncan McCarger, and Natalie, played by Maggie Nye, in a scene from Next to Normal by Actors' Theatre. (Jon M. Brouwer|MLIVE.COM)

Gabe, played by Kyle Los, watches as Dan, played by Larry Young, talks to Henry, played by Duncan McCarger, and Natalie, played by Maggie Nye, in a scene from Next to Normal by Actors’ Theatre. (Jon M. Brouwer|MLIVE.COM)

family, and they’re all being chased by a mad, razor-wielding barber and three color-coordinated airline stewardesses.

That’s this year’s Grand Awards.

“Next to Normal,” which Actors’ Theatre presented last December, leads the contenders with 11 nominations, closely followed by Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s June production of “Legally Blonde” with 10. Nipping at their heels with eight nominations each are Circle Theatre’s productions of “Boeing-Boeing” and“Sweeney Todd.”

The winners will be announced Oct. 27 at the Grand Awards Gala at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. The annual event, which recognizes the best in local community and college theater productions, benefits the Combined Theater Scholarship.

This year’s list of nominees is longer than in previous years because categories with more than eight eligible entries have been expanded beyond the traditional three nominees.

“Some categories have 30 or 40 people who are eligible,” said co-chair Greg Rogers. “Why not have more nominees? It’s more fun and makes somebody’s day because they got nominated.”

Categories that have eight to 12 eligible candidates can have up to four nominees; categories that have 13 or more eligible candidates have five nominees.

“It’s a fund raiser and this is one way to get more people involved,” Rogers said. “That’s what it’s all about anyway.

The nominations also include two posthumous nods for legendary local director/lighting designer Paul Dreher who died in June. Duane Davis will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. []

Read more of the article, and check out a complete list of nomination at www.mlive.com!

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