From First Date to Cabaret, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Musicals

By Playbill Staff
04 Apr 2014

Show: A Night With Janis Joplin
Theatre: Lyceum Theatre

Preview: Sept. 20, 2013

Opening: Oct. 10, 2013
Closing: Feb. 9

Creators: Book by Randy Johnson. Direction by Randy Johnson. Choreography by Patricia Wilcox.
Original Principal Cast: Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin with de'Adre Aziza, Taprena Michelle Augustine, Allison Blackwell and Nikki Kimbrough as Joplin's backup singers, "The Joplinaires." Kacee Clanton was the Janis Joplin Alternate.

Synopsis: "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," according to press notes. "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."

Check out photos from a two-show day at Joplin with Augustine.

Watch Playbill Video's show preview with Davies: