PASADENA, CA (March 19, 2013) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of One Night Productions, LLC, the Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeff Jampol of JAM, Inc. announced that Los Angeles critics are raving about ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, highlighted by the Los Angeles Times review by David C. Nichols:
“ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD”
CRITIC'S CHOICE. “Neither venue nor attendees may ever be the same. In a cosmic collusion of persona and perception, this electrifying concert musical resurrects the Queen of Rock ‘n' Roll with the sort of seismically sensational results normally encountered at stadiums and pop festivals. Eschewing the biographical narrative gyrations of say, Jersey Boys, the premise of One Night is basic, unvarnished and supremely effective…jaws drop…Given the objective, it's a triumph for all concerned. They will rock your world.”
Other early review highlights include:
“Mary Bridget Davies is volcanic as ‘The Pearl.' Sabrina Elayne Carten is electrifying as her blues muse.” – Jonas Schwartz, TheaterMania
“Wow! …immensely talented singers…” – Robert Hoffler, Variety
“…nothing short of spectacular…a transforming experience. If you're a fan of classic rock and blues, make plans to see One Night With Janis Joplin. It's a rollicking evening of great music and terrific performances.” – Kurt Gardner, BlogCritics.com
Already hailed by critics in Cleveland as a “feel-good, fist-pumping, must-see” show, ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN arrived in Pasadena after having left audiences clamoring for tickets in Portland, Cleveland and Washington D.C. Performances have been extended through April 21, 2013.
ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, created, written and directed by Randy Johnson and starring Mary Bridget Davies, who gives an acclaimed performance as Janis Joplin, is a full-on concert experience and musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock ‘n' roll's greatest legends. With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n' Roll, proving music wasn't just a man's world anymore. ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN also shines a spotlight on the great African-American blues artists who influenced Janis' musical style and career, including Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. This new musical event includes 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” – creating a compelling portrait of an artist through the words and music of one of America's greatest Rock ‘n' Roll icons.
The cast of ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN features:
- as “Janis Joplin”Mary Bridget Davies
- as “Blues Singer”Sabrina Elayne Carten
- Tricia Kelly as “Joplinaire” / “Janis Joplin” Alternate (Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.; Sundays at 7:00 p.m. except April 7)
- Shay Saint-Victor as “Joplinaire” / “Blues Singer” Understudy
- Kimberly Yarbrough as “Joplinaire” / “Blues Singer” Alternate (Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.)
ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN was produced this past summer by One Night Productions in partnership with the Cleveland Play House and the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. (September 28 – November 4, 2012), following a previous opening at Portland Center Stage in 2011. This hit musical has garnered multiple nominations for the 2012 BroadwayWorld.com Awards and recently won the 2012 Cleveland Critics Circle Awards for Best Regional Touring Production and Best Actress in a Musical (Mary Bridget Davies).
ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN will play through April 21, 2013. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Single show ticket prices for ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN range from $69.00 - $107.00, with Premium Seating available for $105.00 - $145.00. Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases. Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office at 626-356-7529. On non-performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available 24 hours a day at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. Group Sales (tickets for 8 or more people) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For additional information on The Pasadena Playhouse, please visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. For additional information on the production, please visit www.OneNightWithJanisJoplin.com, www.facebook.com/janisjoplin, www.twitter.com/janisjoplin or www.wemanagelegends.com.