A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, the new musical, is pleased to announce 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 and Alison 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 perform Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For information during previews and the most up to date performance schedule, please check the A NIGHT JANIS JOPLIN website 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 JOPLIN will 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.
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is written and directed by Randy Johnson, and features choreography by Astaire Award winner Patricia Wilcox (Motown), set and lighting design by Justin Townsend (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), costume design by Amy Clark (Chaplin), sound design by Carl Casella (Relatively Speaking), projection design by Darrel Maloney (American Idiot), music direction Ross Seligman (One Night With Janis Joplin regionally), and original music direction and arrangements by Len Rhodes (Mike Tyson’s The Undisputed Truth in Las Vegas).
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is produced by Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich, in association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol for JAM, Inc.
Since its premiere at Portland Center Stage in 2011, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN has played to passionate audiences and stellar reviews across the country. Below is a sampling of the new musical’s critical response:
“Accompanied by an eight-piece band and a trio of backup singers, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN sure manages to generate a joyful ruckus. Showcasing the variety of the blues greats Joplin claimed as inspirations, this show certainly has the entertainment quotient stacked in its favor, and achieves the exhilarating effect it desires. It’s a portrait, more than anything else, of a romance: a singer in love with the cleansing embrace of the crowd.”
– Peter Marks, The Washington Post
“A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN reminds us that Joplin was fiercely and humorously bright. The musical simultaneously suggests that where Joplin was from proves to be less about Port Arthur, Texas – although we get bits of that, too – than about the bevy of African-American singers from whom she drew inspiration and to whom she generously paid homage throughout her career.”
– Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“In a cosmic collusion of persona and perception, this electrifying concert musical resurrects the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll with the sort of seismically sensational results normally encountered at stadiums and pop festivals… the premise is basic, unvarnished and supremely effective. Neither venue nor attendees may ever be the same.”
– David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times
“Davies taps into the blues-rocker’s odd mix of dreamy naivete and world-weariness…and perfectly captures Joplin’s yearning for authenticity, a desperation to be true to herself, to stay Janis, despite her rising fame. And then there is The Voice…when Davies’ Janis takes a swig from a bottle and rips into “Summertime,” a song we learn Joplin fell in love with as a girl, she’s like no white chick you’ve ever heard…Davies can match the superstar’s power and passion but also brings a purity of tone that Janis would have envied.”
– Andrea Simakis, Cleveland Plain Dealer
“With a voice shot through with Southern Comfort and cigarettes, Janis Joplin sounded like no one else in music during her too-brief career.”
- Erin Ruberry, The Huffington Post