Ben Dicke on the emo rock opera Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

UPDATE: Just hours before Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was set to open last night, Ben Dicke, who directed the show and was to play Andrew Jackson, fell through an open trap door in a stage floor, sustaining a head injury and four broken ribs. According to updates from fellow production member Jason Vaughn, Dicke did not suffer a concussion and no surgery was necessary, though a full recovery may take several weeks. This weekend's shows have been canceled and Monday's Industry Night is being postponed, and the staff has promised to keep us updated on future shows and Dicke's condition. Here's the original story published yesterday.

UPDATE #2: To allow time for Ben Dicke to recover from his injuries, all of the performances scheduled for September have been canceled. Shows are set to resume in October and run through October 28. To change ticket reservations, call (303) 739-1970.

Ben Dicke has been heavily involved in Denver's theater scene since he came here from Chicago a few years ago; he directed I, Oedipus at the Boulder Fringe Festival, starred in the Aurora Fox's 2011 production of The Wedding Singer and directed the Fox's production of Xanadu last spring. He's got a few credits under his belt -- but no one, perhaps not even Dicke himself, is prepared for the spectacle of his newest production, the highly-acclaimed Broadway emo-rock opera Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, opening this weekend at the Aurora Fox. Dicke, who also stars as Jackson, has an earnest dedication not just to the show's artistic sensibility, but its political message; he was so invested in seeing the project produced at the level it deserved that he spent a full 24 hours running on a treadmill in the middle of the 16th Street Mall to generate support. Using Kickstarter, he ultimately scraped together $11,000 to produce Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Dicke was "geeking out" over a limited edition Les Paul made from the wood of trees planted by Andrew Jackson when Westword interrupted him to talk about the musical.

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