A Night with Janis Joplin celebrates the life of the rock pioneer, Janis Joplin and focuses on her emotional performance style, love of music and well recognized influences. Having a sweet voice and a laugh like pure joy, Joplin took the music industry by a storm in the sixties. Her career spanning over eight years was enough to prove that music wasn’t just a man’s forte. The show features a selection of classic songs from her albums and also shed light on trailblazers who influenced Joplin’s music like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Bessie Smith. This juke box musical is making its way to the global power city of the United States, New York and A Night with Janis Joplin tickets are up for sale.
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A Night with Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin’s vocals are categorized to be among those that define a complete generation. Her raspy voice ruled the era of sixties with singles like Kozmic Blue, Piece of My Heart and My Baby. Although she couldn’t live long to enjoy her fame and died at the age of 27, her music is still alive and winning her accolades such as rankings on the Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Times and 100 Greatest Artists of All Times.
Finding a talented singer and actress that could play the part of Janis Joplin in the musical, making A Night with Janis Joplin, wasn’t an easy task. Mary Bridget Davies won the role after beating 150 actresses in 2005. She is playing Joplin’s part even today and has been appreciated by the critics from around the world. The artist has an experience of touring with the Joplin Band, ‘Big Brother’ and the ‘Holding Company’ and has also appeared in another musical tribute of the singer, ‘Love Joplin’.
The script of A Night with Janis Joplin is penned by Randy Johnson in a chronological order and begins by taking the audiences to early days of the singer. It follows all her influences from the time in Port Arthur Texas till the last album in 1969, ‘I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama’.
Charming stories about Joplin’s family, housecleaning and favorite artists from the childhood are featured in the show and follows till the artist grows up to become the Rock n Roll Superstar of the sixties. The supporting artists like Allison Blackwell, Taprena Michelel Augustine, Nikki Kimbrough and De Andre Aziza enjoy the spotlight in the show as the African American singers who influenced the style of Janis Joplin. When it comes to influences, the list also includes Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, Odetta, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. In light of their music, Davies rules the stage with her visceral vocals that bleed feelings and emotions to its peak.
The show, A Night with Janis Joplin is a structured concert of the artist around the time her fame was at its peak. The musical experience is made more enjoyable with the efforts of Justin Townsend in making the set design outstanding. Different lamps in various shapes and sizes are set on the stage the light up the back wall projecting the photographs from Joplin’s childhood till her stardom. The upper deck features star entrances in accordance to the roles in the story and continue till the end of the show.
The musical has a sad ending elaborating on the reason for her death. The overdose of heroine took her away from fully living her dream. She didn’t get the chance to enjoy her fame for a long period of time and died in 1970. The show ends with the song, I am Gonna Rock My Way to the Heaven. A Night with Janis Joplin tickets for the show will take you back in time and will make you enjoy the blues, soul, hard rock and jazz singles in the signature Joplin style.