'A Night With Janis Joplin' to Play Broadway

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
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NEW YORK  -- The raw, emotional energy that characterized the legendary late '60s Queen of Rock 'n' Roll will blaze again when A Night With Janis Joplin plays Broadway in the fall.

Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the concert-style tribute show stars Mary Bridget Davies as the iconic rocker, whose hits included "Piece of My Heart," "Cry Baby," "Mercedes Benz" and "Me and Bobby McGee." In addition to Davies, the show features an eight-piece band and a trio of backup singers.

Since premiering in 2011 at Portland Center Stage, the production has played hit engagements in Cleveland, D.C., Pasadena and Milwaukee.

Praising Davies' uncanny evocation of Joplin's vocals and stage persona, the Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks wrote, "It's a portrait, more than anything else, of a romance: a singer in love with the cleansing embrace of the crowd."

The show begins previews at the Lyceum Theatre on Sept. 20, with official opening set for Oct. 10.

Producers on the Broadway run are Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich, in association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol for JAM, Inc.

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