A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Closes on Broadway Today
The Broadway production of A Night With Janis Joplin plays its final performance tonight, Sunday, February 9 at 7PM at the Lyceum Theatre. The show has played 22 preview performances and 141 regular performances since beginning previews on Friday, September 20 and opening on Thursday, October 10. A Night With Janis Joplin will move to a new home in New York City this March.
On behalf of the producers Daniel Chilewich, Todd Gershwin, Michael Cohl said recently in a statement: "We are tremendously proud of this show, and excited about the many people who want to see A Night With Janis Joplin in New York. We are finalizing a wonderful option to move to another venue in New York City. Our intention is to solidify our new location in the next few weeks and to reopen in March. A Night With Janis Joplin receives four standing ovations nightly and continues to play to captivated crowds on Broadway. We know that the music and the story of Janis Joplin deserve to live on."
Mary Bridget Davies has taken the country by storm and has been listed on several yearend best lists for her performance as Janis Joplin on Broadway. The cast also includes Taprena Michelle Augustine (The Book of Mormon), Tony Award nominee De'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange), Nikki Kimbrough (Dreamgirls) and NaTasha Yvette Williams (The Color Purple) who play Joplin's backup singers, "The Joplinaires," and are featured as some of the iconic female singers who influenced Joplin's music. They will be joined by Kacee Clanton (A Night with Janis Joplin regionally) as Janis Joplin alternate,Allison Blackwell (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess) as Joplinaire swing and Alison Cusano (A Night with Janis Joplin regionally) as Joplinaire swing and Janis Joplin understudy.
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin (Mary Bridget Davies) exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences - trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest legends.
The creative team for A Night With Janis Joplin features writer and director Randy Johnson (Elvis The Concert), recent Astaire Award-winning choreographer Patricia Wilcox (Motown), set and lighting designer Justin Townsend (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), costume designer Amy Clark (Chaplin), sound designer Carl Casella (Relatively Speaking), projection designer Darrel Maloney (American Idiot), music director Ross Seligman (One Night With Janis Joplin across the country), and original music director and arranger Len Rhodes (Mike Tyson's The Undisputed Truth in Las Vegas).
A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin is produced on Broadway by Daniel Chilewich, Todd Gershwin, Michael Cohl, Jeffrey Jampol, TCG Entertainment, Stephen Tenenbaum, Michael J. Moritz Jr./Brunish & Trinchero, Richard Winkler, Ginger Productions, Bill Ham, Claudio Loureiro, Keith Mardak,Ragovoy Entertainment, Bob and Laurie Wolfe/Neil Kahanovitz, Mike Stoller & Corky Hale Stoller, Darren P. DeVerna, Susan DuBow, Tanya Grubich, Jeremiah H. Harris, Jerry Rosenberg/AJ Michaels, and Herb Spivak, in association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol forJAM, Inc.
Photo by Joan Marcus