'A Night With Janis Joplin': Janis Joplin Brought To Life On Broadway

The prolific 1960s rock n' roll singer might not be around any more to perform but fans of her songs can experience A Night With Janis Joplin: a musical celebration of Joplin and her lasting influence upon singers. Mary Bridget Davis stars as the "boozy, bluesy, hot-mama" legend Joplin in the musical which producers say will start previews in the Lyceum Theatre from September, according to the Associated Press. In 2005, she competed with 150 other actresses for the highly coveted role in a production which has toured Portland, Washington D.C., Pasadena and Milwaukee.

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Janis Joplin Performed At Woodstock Festival In 1969.

The show is written and directed by Randy Johnson and will feature a live onstage band performing all the Joplin classics, including 'Me and Bobby McGee', 'Mercedez Benz' and 'Summertime'. The show's website describes Joplin as a "comet that burns far too brightly to last" and "the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll." Joplin's distinctive hoarse, husky sounding voice "filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort" is described by music historian Tom Moon as "devastatingly original."

Listen To Janis Joplin Singing 'Me and Bobby McGee':

Born Janis Lyn Joplin in 1943, she began to sing - emulating her blues heroes after hearing blues for the first time at high school. With her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, she rose to fame in 1967 after a performance of Big Mama Thornton's 'Ball and Chain' at the Monterey Pop Festival that saw her become one of the leading musical stars of the late sixties. Sadly, as her popularity increased, so did her drug use, with the 27 year-old singer's death in 1970 from a heroin overdose less than a month after fellow psychedelic legend, Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix [Centre] Was Another Talented Star Who Died Young.

The Washington Post hails the A Night With Janis Joplin musical as an "exhilarating" production, with a "remarkable" Davies looking and sounding uncannily like the 'Cry Baby' songstress. Don't miss out on this unique musical journey celebrating such an influential rock n' roll legend.


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