Public Theater hit to transfer to Great White Way
There will be blood on Broadway this fall — “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” that is.
After weeks of speculation, the Public Theater’s hit tuner has nailed down a plan for a Main Stem transfer, with commercial producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel joining the Public in moving the history-based emo-rock mash-up to the Jacobs Theater for a run that begins in September.
Benjamin Walker will reprise his turn in the title role, after a period of uncertainty thanks to his on-and-off attachment to the “X-Men: First Class” pic.
Tuner will arrive on Broadway with the advantage of the stellar reviews garnered from the production’s recent Off Broadway stint, which finished an extended run at the Public June 27.
According to the theater, “Bloody” was the highest-grossing show in the history of the org’s Off Broadway offerings.
Still, the Rialto move has an element of risk to it. The raucous satire of “Bloody Bloody” has an edgy, downtown feel that doesn’t often end up on the Main Stem, and the show may find it a challenge to attracted more mainstream Broadway crowds.
Penned and directed by Alex Timbers with music by frequent Civilians collaborator Michael Friedman (“Saved”), “Bloody Bloody” will be the first of two projects from Timbers to hit Broadway back-to-back. Timbers-helmed outing “The Pee-wee Herman Show” begins perfs at the Stephen Sondheim Theater Oct. 26.
Broadway version of “Bloody” will be capitalized at somewhere between $4.5 million and $5 million, according to Richards. Richards, Frankel and the Public also teamed on the Main Stem run of the just-shuttered revival of “Hair.”
“Bloody” kicks off previews at the Jacobs Sept. 21, ahead of an opening date to be announced.