A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, the new Broadway musical, will begin preview performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street) tomorrow at 8 PM with an opening night set for Thursday, October 10th.
In addition, the production is announcing the general rush policy: A limited number of $30 rush tickets located in the front row of the orchestra will be available for purchase in-person at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 W. 45th Street) when it opens at 10 AM for that day’s performance(s) only. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances.
Mary Bridget Davies is reprising her role as Janis Joplin on Broadway, having taken the country by storm with her critically acclaimed performance. “Producing a version of the Joplin screech that starts somewhere around the singer’s ankles, wends its way up into the back of her throat and shoots off into the farthest reaches of the theater” (The Washington Post), Davies received the 2013 Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical.
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 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.
Starting, Monday, October 14th, 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.
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 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.
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, Richard Winkler, Ginger Productions, Jeremiah H. Harris, Claudio Loureiro, Keith Mardak, Michael J. Moritz Jr./Brunish & Trinchero, Ragovoy Entertainment, Bob and Laurie Wolfe/Neil Kahanovitz, Mike Stoller & Corky Hale Stoller, Susan DuBow, and Jerry Rosenberg, in association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol for JAM, Inc.