Taprena Michelle Augustine, De'Adre Aziza, Nikki Kimbrough and NaTasha Yvette Williams Join A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin, the new musical, just announced casting for the upcoming Broadway production opening at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).
Joining previously announced Mary Bridget Davies, who will be reprising her acclaimed performance as Janis Joplin, are 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 will be playing Joplin's backup singers, "The Joplinaires," and 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 andAlison Cusano (A Night with Janis Joplin regionally) as Joplinaire swing and Janis Joplin understudy.
From the producers of A Night With Janis Joplin: "When the two companies of A Night With Janis Joplin were touring the country, we quickly discovered that the extraordinary vocal requirements of the role of Janis required another actress to perform a few performances each week. We're thrilled to have Mary Bridget Davies leading this fine company of actors on Broadway and Kacee Clanton, who led our recent Austin production to critical acclaim and is currently playing the role of Janis in San Jose, will be joining the company at the Lyceum."
Starting, Monday, October 14, Davies will perform Tuesday through Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees (6 performances per week). Clanton will performWednesday and Saturday matinees. For information during previews and the most up to date performance schedule, please check the A NIGHT Janis Joplinwebsite at www.anightwithjanisjoplin.com.
Hailed by The Washington Post as "a remarkable, exhilarating portrait of a singer in love with the cleansing embrace of the crowd," A Night With Janis Joplinwill begin preview performances at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street) on Friday, September 20th, with opening night set for Thursday, October 10th.
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin (Mary Bridget Davies) exploded onto the music scene in 1967 for three incredible years, reigning as 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 production arrives in New York following acclaimed engagements at Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.