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and forms the Democratic Party. During the presidential election of 1828, Andrew Jackson becomes a surprise candidate. ("Rock Star") This is grueling both publicly and personally to Jackson and his family. Rachel, feeling as if she has no private life, questions Andrew's love for her versus the American People ("The Great Compromise"). Days before the election, a Senate panel led by Clay investigates Jackson's past wrongdoings and accuses Rachel of bigamy. Despite this, Jackson ends up winning the election and becomes the 7th President of the United States. However, the accusation of his rivals along with the stress of the election leads to Rachel dying of grief. He vows to use both his presidency and his wife's death as a mandate to "take this country back" ("Public Life"). Once in office, Jackson is faced with a plethora of problems, ranging from the National Bank to questions about Indian relocation. Being the “People’s President,” Jackson begins polling the American Populace on all Executive decision. This draws the ire of Congress and the Supreme Court. In response, Jackson consolidates Executive Power thus making the Presidency more powerful than Congress and the Courts. At first, his exhilarating cowboy-like governing tactics are met with great enthusiasm by the average citizen, but as the problems grow tougher, the public begins to resent being asked to make difficult decisions ("Crisis Averted"). As the American people gradually turn on him, Jackson takes stock of all that he has lost: his family, his wife, and now the love of the American public. He decides he must take ultimate responsibility for the nation's choices and declares that he alone will be the one to make the unenviable policy decisions regarding the Indians' fate ("The Saddest Song"). He summons Black Fox-- an Indian Chief who organized the remaining Indian tribes into a confederation against Tennessee settlers-- in order to make one last deal with the Native Americans still living in American Territories. Jackson implores Black Fox to peacefully move his people west of the Mississippi River. Black Fox ask for time to consult his tribe, but Jackson violently snaps and decrees that federal troops will forcibly move the Indians West. Near the end, the play reviews Jackson's legacy and the views attributed to him. Some believe he was one of America's greatest presidents, while others believe him to be an “American Hitler”. The final scene shows Jackson receiving an honorary doctorate at Harvard. He reflects upon his achievements and his questionable decisions. The show telescopes out and we get a bird's eye view of Jackson's damning legacy and our collective culpability ("Second Nature"). Finally, the company gathers to sing "The Hunters of Kentucky" before taking their bows. MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Populism, Yea, Yea! – Company 2. I’m Not That Guy – Andrew Jackson 3. Illness As Metaphor – Andrew Jackson, Rachel, Monroe, & Male Soloist 4. I’m So That Guy – Andrew Jackson & Company 5. Ten Little Indians – Female Soloist, Rachel & Female Ensemble 6. The Corrupt Bargain – Female Ensemble (Toula, Elizabeth, & Naomi), John Calhoun, John Quincy Adams, & Henry Clay 7. Rock Star – Male Soloist, Andrew Jackson, & Company 8. The Great Compromise – Rachel, Male Soloist, & Monroe 9. Public Life – Andrew Jackson & Company 10. Crisis Averted – Male Soloist, Male Soloist, & Company 11. The Saddest Song – Andrew Jackson, Monroe, Black Fox, and Company 12. Second Nature – Male Soloist 13. The Hunters of Kentucky – Company