A Night With Janis Joplin @ New York City's Gramercy Theatre --Opening Night April 10-- On Sale Now
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, March 27 2014 @ 03:13 PM EDT
– A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN will open at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre (127 E 23rd St. / 23rd & Lexington Ave) on Thursday, April 10th, giving fans a chance to see Broadway’s acclaimed theatrical rock experience in one of New York’s most intimate concert venues. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com and at the Gramercy Theatre box office.
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN arrives at Gramercy Theatre following an engagement at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater where it was hailed by critics and had audiences leaping to their feet and dancing in the aisles. Mary Bridget Davies, who has taken New York by storm with her critically acclaimed performance as Janis Joplin, will reprise her role. On stage, Davies will be joined by many of the production’s Broadway cast - a stellar, eight-piece rock band as well as her “Joplinaires” - incredible female singers who provide the iconic voices of the blues and soul singers who influenced Joplin’s music, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.
Janis Joplin fans nationwide will be able to enjoy A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN when they perform on the TODAY Show Friday, April 4th, LIVE from Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City.
“Mary Bridget Davies captures the Joplin sound perfectly and keeps the house rocking, rocketing through at least a dozen of Joplin’s best-known songs, and singing them with a throbbing fervor that is often riveting.” – The New York Times
“Her “Joplinaires”… are far more than backup singers: Each takes on a blues goddess or two, and each meets Janis where she lives, in talent and intensity.” - New York Magazine
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN has partnered with Live Nation to redesign its new, permanent home to host eight one-of-a-kind concerts a week, Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday 7pm &10pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets ($65-$90) are available online at Ticketmaster.com and at the Gramercy Theatre box office. Premium tickets are also available. The historic New York City concert venue has welcomed eclectic and out-of-the-box arts and entertainment for decades and is one of only a handful of NYC concert venues suitable to host a special rock and roll experience of this kind.
"We are ready to rock with Janis at the Gramercy, cut loose and let A Night With Janis Joplin really move,” said Michael Joplin, Janis’ brother. “Laura and I are stoked about our new theater - we'll really be able to dance!"
"Hooray!” said Laura Joplin, Janis’ sister. “With A Night With Janis Joplin now at the Gramercy Theatre, we can all get together and dance!"
"We are thrilled to open A Night With Janis Joplin at the Gramercy Theatre, and look forward to working with the Live Nation team,” lead producers Todd Gershwin, Michael Cohl and Daniel Chilewich said in a statement. “We know that fans will love this new production, which builds upon our successful runs throughout the country with some exciting new creative elements."
"An intimate venue like the Gramercy is the perfect setting to be immersed in a live production about Janis Joplin, one of music's greatest legends,” said Ben Weeden, COO House of Blues Entertainment. “It adds up to a once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experience."
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” a remarkable cast and a breakout performance by Mary Bridget Davies, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends. Written and directed by Randy Johnson, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is produced by Michael Cohl, Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich, in association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol for JAM, Inc.
Additional creative team, casting and co-producers will be announced shortly.
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN has received rave reviews:
“Mary Bridget Davies captures the Joplin sound perfectly and keeps the house rocking, rocketing through at least a dozen of Joplin’s best-known songs, and singing them with a throbbing fervor that is often riveting. The show surges into high gear in the second act as she churns through the gut-wrenching songs that made Joplin famous. She is backed by an eight-piece band, wigged and costumed to suggest the free love era in which this fantasy concert is taking place. Her ability to match Joplin’s highly emotive style could probably give members of the audience who saw the real woman something close to a contact high.”
The New York Times
“Mary Bridget Davies is remarkable. Her Janis is nothing short of extraordinary in the pipes department: She shreds her larynx like a woman possessed and still has more to give.”
New York Magazine
“A rocking good time! Featuring a powerful performance by Mary Bridget Davies as Janis… A Night with Janis Joplin is a loud, colorful, high-caliber spectacle.”
“Mary Bridget Davies gives an ecstatic star turn, hurling herself, body and soul, into Joplin’s signature shout-the-house-down songs that brings the audience to its feet.”
“It will rock your socks off!”
“Supported by a kickass band and surrounded by psychedelic projections and rock concert lights, powerhouse performer Mary Bridget Davies brings Janis to life with full throttle abandon.”
NY Daily News
“Lusty, powerful, and undeniably crowd-pleasing. The audience rose to their feet!”
The Huffington Post
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