Tony Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Brings PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! to Pasadena, Now thru 7/20
Acclaimed blues singer MARY BRIDGET DAVIES--nominated for a Tony this year in the "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical" category for her Broadway lead in "A Night With Janis Joplin"--will return to The Pasadena Playhouse for four nights today, July 17-20. She first wowed Pasadena, CA crowds in 2013 with the Janis Joplin role, marking The Playhouse's highest-grossing production in its history.
The new show, dubbed PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! with Tony Nominee Powerhouse MARY BRIDGET DAVIES, will incorporate Janis Joplin and Big Brother & The Holding Company hits, blues, rock and soul songs as well as music from some Ms. Davies' other favorite artists like Etta James, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, The Band and Amy Winehouse. The show--being curated by iconic MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, and featuring The Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger-will also have several surprise guest star appearances including Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Eric Gardner (Gnarls Barkley), Bob Mothersbaugh (Devo) and Carl Restivo (Tom Morello's Freedom Fighter Orchestra); for specific guest dates check out PasadenaPlayhouse.org. It is presented by The Pasadena Playhouse in association with Jeffrey Jampol and JAM, Inc.
A Cleveland native, Mary Bridget Davies was recently hailed by the New York Times for her role on Broadway, noting her "ebullient personality and raspy tone." Davies got her first big break when she was asked to sing onstage with Big Brother & The Holding Company(Joplin's original band), and subsequently toured extensively with the group. Her debut album with The Mary Bridget Davies Group,Wanna Feel Somethin', was released in 2011.
DAVIES' performance is part of The Pasadena Playhouse's "Summer at the Playhouse--Music, Mayhem and Madness" schedule of events, which also includes "A Judy Garland Concert with Joey Luft" (July 10-13) and "Henson Alternative's PUPPET UP--UNCENSORED" (July 24-26).
Mary Bridget Davies--Tony Award nominee for A Night With Janis Joplin, which was presented last season at The Pasadena Playhouse--will offer a special PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! with Tony Nominee Powerhouse MARY BRIDGET DAVIES featuring additional world-class musicians and surprise guests for a wild evening. Davies will perform specific selections from several artists. The iconic guitarist Wayne Kramer will music direct PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! with Tony Nominee Powerhouse MARY BRIDGET DAVIES. Kramer is founder of the pioneering Detroit rock group MC5, known for their powerful live performances and radical left wing political stance. With a new recordLexington at #6 on the national jazz charts this May, and as composer on a feature film and network TV series, Kramer is as prolific as he is diverse. The event's co-music director and Kramer's right-hand man will be Carl Restivo, guitarist for Tom Morello's Nightwatchman group and Perry Farrell's Satellite Party.
PLAYHOUSE ROCKS! with Tony Nominee Powerhouse MARY BRIDGET DAVIES runs Thursday July 17 at 8:00pm; Friday July 18 at 8:00pm; Saturday July 19 at 8:00pm; Sunday July 20 at 5:00pm. Prices: $40.00 - $100.00 for single tickets. All performances run at The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101. Online sales and information: www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org or call 626-356-7529. On non-performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday - Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday - Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Photo Credit: Ivy Augusta