Sunday, July 26, 2015

"JANIS JOPLIN" - Tony Award® Nominated Rock'n Roll Play Will Run Through August 23, 2015 in L.A.


By Karen Ostlund
The Pasadena  Playhouse had their own booth at LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood, last June 13-14th to promote "A Night with Janis Joplin".
Mary Bridget Davies is powerful with a convincing voice as Janis Joplin. 
The play features Janis' thoughts and music, with live musicians and female choristers as co-stars on stage.
Mary Bridget Davies plays Janis Joplin (photo by Joan Marcus)
The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) presented A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, opening tonight July 21st.and starring Mary Bridget Davies, following her Tony Award® nominated Broadway run.  Pasadena native Kacee Clanton, also from the Broadway production of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, will alternate the role of Janis Joplin with Davies.  The production is conceived, written and directed by Randy Johnson, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans.

The musical performs now through August 16, 2015. A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is presented by The Pasadena Playhouse in association with Michael Cohl, Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich. 
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is presented in further association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc.
Left,Yvette Cason, Jenelle Lynn Randall, Sylvia MacCalla and Sharon Catherine Brown 
(photo by Earl Gibson III)

The show 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.  Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin 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.  Audiences will enjoy Joplin’s favorites, including “Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” among others.

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN features: Sharon Catherine Brown as Blues Singer/Lead Chantel/Joplinare (Broadway’s Dreamgirls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Crowns at The Pasadena Playhouse), Yvette Cason as Aretha Franklin/Nina Simone/ Joplinaire (Broadway’s Play On and Dreamgirls, Ray Charles Live! at The Pasadena Playhouse), Sylvia MacCalla as Bessie Smith/Odetta/ Joplinaire (Original Broadway tour of Rent, Ray Charles Live! at The Pasadena Playhouse) and Jenelle Lynn Randall as Etta James/Joplinaire (Broadway’s All Shook Up, Kiss Me Kate at The Pasadena Playhouse).

The creative team for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN includes Rob Bissinger (Set Designer), Mike Baldassari (Lighting Designer), Amy Clark (Costume Designer), Ben Selke (Sound Designer), Darrel Maloney (Projections Designer), and Leah Loukas (Hair and Makeup).

Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.         Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.and 8:00 p.m.; 
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.and 7:00 p.m.
Singer Mary Bridget Davies performs the role of Janis Joplin on Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. 
Singer Kacee Clanton performs the role of Janis Joplin on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
                           Prices: $45.00 to $150.00
The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101
                        Phone: 626-356-7529 

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