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A Night with Janis Joplin to end B'way run on 16 Feb 2014


The Broadway premiere of A Night with Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, and starring Mary Bridget Davies as 'Janis Joplin,' will play its final performance at the Lyceum Theatre on 16 Feb 2014.

The show's producers have announced that the musical will continue beyond its Broadway run, and will open at a new venue in New York city in March 2014 - details to be announced.

A Night with Janis Joplin opened at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on 10 Oct 2013, following previews from 20 Sep 2013.

The show opened to mixed reviews: Mary Bridget Davies keeps the house rocking (NY Time); Power-piped but sanitized Joplin (NYP); If you're not a fan, keep walking (Record); The music's the thing here, and that's not likely to disappoint (NY1).

Along with Mary Bridget Davies, the cast features Taprena Michelle Augustine ('The Book of Mormon'), Tony Award nominee De'Adre Aziza ('Passing Strange'), Nikki Kimbrough ('Dreamgirls') and NaTasha Yvette Williams ('The Color Purple') who perform as Joplin's backup singers, "The Joplinaires," and who feature as some of the iconic female singers who influenced Joplin's music.

They are joined by Kacee Clanton (A Night with Janis Joplin regionally) as 'Janis Joplin alternate,' Allison Blackwell ('The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess') as Joplinaire swing and Alison Cusano (A Night with Janis Joplin regionally) as Joplinaire swing and 'Janis Joplin' understudy.

Press notes for the musical describe the show as, "Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 for three incredible years, reigning as 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. A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating the inspirations of one of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest legends."

The show's creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Motown), set and lighting design by Justin Townsend, costume design by Amy Clark, sound design by Carl Casella, projection design by Darrel Maloney, music direction by Ross Seligman, and original music direction and arrangements by Len Rhodes.

A Night with Janis Joplin is produced by Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich, in association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol for JAM, Inc.

A Night with Janis Joplin played earlier engagements at Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, Pasadena Playhouse and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Davies received the 2013 Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical.

Mary Bridget Davies (Janis Joplin) More production photos

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