Janis Joplin musical heading to Broadway
The boozy, bluesy, hot-mama howl of Janis Joplin is heading to Broadway.
Producers said Wednesday that the musical A Night With Janis Joplin, starring Mary Bridget Davies as the iconic singer, will start previews at the Lyceum Theatre on Sept. 20.
The show, written and directed by Randy Johnson, has a live onstage band and features Joplin hits and classic songs such as “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Ball and Chain,” and “Summertime.”
The show has already been staged at Portland Center Stage in Oregon; the Cleveland Play House; Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; the Pasadena Playhouse in California; and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Davies, who was raised in Cleveland, first won the role in 2005 after beating 150 actresses. She has appeared in the musical revue It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues and another Joplin musical, Love, Janis. She has toured with Joplin’s band, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and has released the album Wanna Feel Somethin’.
Joplin rose to fame during San Francisco’s 1967 “Summer of Love,” gaining acclaim when she performed her version of blues singer Big Mama Thornton’s “Ball and Chain” at the Monterey International Pop Festival. She died of a heroin overdose in Hollywood in 1970.