AURORA | The opening of the musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Aurora Fox theater has been delayed until Sept. 27, following the injury of its lead actor and director last week.
Hours before the scheduled debut of the production on Sept. 7, director and lead actor Ben Dicke sustained multiple injuries after falling into a backstage trapdoor at the Fox. After receiving treatment for broken ribs, head injuries and a punctured lung over the weekend, Dicke announced Tuesday that the show would kick off at the end of the month.
According to a statement from the production crew, “Dicke is up and mobile and planning with his production staff the show’s new opening night.”
The rescheduled run of the musical at the Fox’s studio theater will end Oct. 28. Thursday dates have been added in an attempt to make up for the lost revenue caused by the delay.
Dicke’s efforts to bring the regional premiere of the rock opera by Michael Friedman and Alex Timber to the Fox have spanned nearly six months. In May, Dicke took to a treadmill on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, running a full 24 hours in an effort to raise $10,000 for the show through the Kickstarter website.
The show garnered plenty of buzz before its debut, and Aurora Fox Executive Producer Charles Packard said the theater was expecting a commercial success.
“The unique thing about the way that Ben did the fundraising was that everybody who donated got tickets … I thought it was a really good way, a really responsible way to fund it,” Packard said. “We all knew … that this had a pretty good chance of being a highly successful show.”
Depending on how the producers move forward, the show may bring in enough revenue in the coming weeks to fund a remount, Packard said.
“Any time you have a (show), the first thing you start looking at is whether you have a hit,” Packard said. “I know that they have a hit.”