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STAGE TUBE: Mary Bridget Davies Talks A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN on ABC's WORLD NEWS NOW

Mary Bridget Davies, star of the new Broadway musical A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin, appeared on ABC's "World News Now" late last night. In a backstage interview, she chatted about preparing for the role of a lifetime and teaching Broadway audiences through her performance about the blues singers who influenced Janis's music so deeply. Check out her interview below!

A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin is now playing at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street).

Mary Bridget Davies is reprising her role as Janis Joplin on Broadway, having taken the country by storm with her critically acclaimed performance. The cast also includes Taprena Michelle Augustine (The Book of Mormon), Tony Award nomineeDe'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.

Davies performs Tuesday through Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees (six performances per week). Clanton performs Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For the most up to date performance schedule, please check the A NIGHT Janis Joplinwebsite at www.anightwithjanisjoplin.com.

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.

Tickets ($35 - $140) for A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online atwww.telecharge.com, or at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 West 45th Street).


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