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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Announces Complete Casting

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
THE NEW MUSICAL

REHEARSALS BEGAN THIS WEEK

PREVIEWS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 20
OPENING NIGHT OCTOBER 10
AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE

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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, the new musical, is pleased to announce casting for the upcoming Broadway production opening at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).

Joining previously announced Mary Bridget Davies, who will be reprising her acclaimed performance as Janis Joplin, are 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 will be playing Joplin’s backup singers, “The Joplinaires,” and featured as some of the iconic female singers who influenced Joplin’s music. They will be 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.

From the producers of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN: “When the two companies of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN were touring the country, we quickly discovered that the extraordinary vocal requirements of the role of Janis required another actress to perform a few performances each week. We’re thrilled to have Mary Bridget Davies leading this fine company of actors on Broadway and Kacee Clanton, who led our recent Austin production to critical acclaim and is currently playing the role of Janis in San Jose, will be joining the company at the Lyceum.”

Starting, Monday, October 14, Davies will perform Tuesday through Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees (6 performances per week). Clanton will perform Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For information during previews and the most up to date performance schedule, please check the A NIGHT JANIS JOPLIN website at www.anightwithjanisjoplin.com.

Hailed by The Washington Post as “a remarkable, exhilarating portrait of a singer in love with the cleansing embrace of the crowd,” A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN will begin preview performances at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street) on Friday, September 20th, with opening night set for Thursday, October 10th.

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin (Mary Bridget Davies) 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 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.

The production arrives in New York following acclaimed engagements at Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is written and directed by Randy Johnson, and features choreography by Astaire Award winner Patricia Wilcox (Motown), set and lighting design by Justin Townsend (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), costume design by Amy Clark (Chaplin), sound design by Carl Casella (Relatively Speaking), projection design by Darrel Maloney (American Idiot), music direction Ross Seligman (One Night With Janis Joplin regionally), and original music direction and arrangements by Len Rhodes (Mike Tyson’s The Undisputed Truth in Las Vegas).

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.

Since its premiere at Portland Center Stage in 2011, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN has played to passionate audiences and stellar reviews across the country. Below is a sampling of the new musical’s critical response:

“Accompanied by an eight-piece band and a trio of backup singers, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN sure manages to generate a joyful ruckus. Showcasing the variety of the blues greats Joplin claimed as inspirations, this show certainly has the entertainment quotient stacked in its favor, and achieves the exhilarating effect it desires. It’s a portrait, more than anything else, of a romance: a singer in love with the cleansing embrace of the crowd.”

– Peter Marks, The Washington Post

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN reminds us that Joplin was fiercely and humorously bright. The musical simultaneously suggests that where Joplin was from proves to be less about Port Arthur, Texas – although we get bits of that, too – than about the bevy of African-American singers from whom she drew inspiration and to whom she generously paid homage throughout her career.”

– Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“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… the premise is basic, unvarnished and supremely effective. Neither venue nor attendees may ever be the same.”

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

“Davies taps into the blues-rocker's odd mix of dreamy naivete and world-weariness…and perfectly captures Joplin's yearning for authenticity, a desperation to be true to herself, to stay Janis, despite her rising fame. And then there is The Voice…when Davies' Janis takes a swig from a bottle and rips into "Summertime," a song we learn Joplin fell in love with as a girl, she's like no white chick you've ever heard…Davies can match the superstar's power and passion but also brings a purity of tone that Janis would have envied.”

– Andrea Simakis, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“With a voice shot through with Southern Comfort and cigarettes, Janis Joplin sounded like no one else in music during her too-brief career.”

Erin Ruberry, The Huffington Post

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLINare available through Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

·         FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6: Monday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. The production will be dark on Sundays during this period.

·         MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 *WEEK OF OPENING*: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. There will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

·         MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27: Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.

·         MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3: Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.

·         REGULAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (STARTING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4): Tuesday through Thursday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 3 PM.

BIOGRAPHIES

Mary Bridget Davies (Janis Joplin) Broadway debut! After touring the country with One Night With Janis Joplin, recognition includes Best Actress by the Cleveland Critic’s Circle; a 2013 Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical at Arena Stage; and a BroadwayWorld nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.Other favorite credits include It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), the national tour of Love, Janis, and being a member of Something Dada Improvisational Comedy Co. Davies has received numerous awards for her voice and band. Most recently her new album was nominated for a 2013 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. www.marybridgetdavies.com.

TAPRENA MICHELLE AUGUSTINE (Joplinaire). Broadway and National Tours: The Book of Mormon, The Color Purple – Shug Avery (BWW Best Featured Actress in a Touring Musical 2011), The Pajama Game. Off Broadway: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Favorite Regionals: Caroline or Change, Little Shop of Horrors (Suzi Award Nominee), Westside Story, Cats, SWING!, Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies. Graduate of The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and Indiana University. Thank you GOD! www.taprena.com.

DE’ADRE AZIZA (Joplinaire). Broadway: Passing Strange (Tony, Audelco nomination), Women/Verge/Breakdown. Off-Broadway: Passing Strange (Obie award), Detroit ’67, Comedy Of Errors, Doris To Darlene.  Regional: Johnny Baseball (Williamstown), Passing Strange (Berkeley Rep), The Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf), Good Goods (Yale Rep). Film/TV: Passing Strange, Red Hook Summer, In The Morning, “30 Rock,” “666 Park Avenue,” “Ugly Americans,” “Sex and the City.” Concerts: Ask Your Mama (Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl). Education: NYU Tisch. Yale Beinecke fellow.

NIKKI KIMBROUGH (Joplinaire) is ecstatic in making her Broadway debut!  Thank you Janis Joplin team! Credits: Dreamgirls National Tour, SuperFly the Musical workshop-Bill T.Jones. CEO of Get Fit w/Nik, Inc. Fitness Expert Appearances: “The Today Show,” “The Early Show,” Centric-TV.com, Better-TV, CNN. Thank you to God, “Ms. Pat,” my loving family, amazing friends, GFWN Clients; my agent Erin Grush/CESD, Nikole Vallins and Jeremiah Abiah. Special thanks to “my Super Man,” Billy D! We Did It!

NaTasha Yvette Williams (Joplinaire) Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia). West End: Gone With The Wind (Mammy). NYC: Dessa Rose and Ragtime in Concert (Lincoln Center), Irving Berlin (Carnegie Hall), Storyville (York Theatre). Nat’l Tour: Xanadu (Melpolmene), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix), Cinderella (Grace), All Shook Up (Sylvia), Parade. Regional: Mahalia (Cleveland Playhouse), Crowns (Arena Stage), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Papermill Playhouse). NaTasha’s CD is available at www.NaTashaYvetteWilliams.com. Special thanks to Gregory, Nicole, Duke, the twins, and The Gage Group. To God Be The Glory!

KACEE CLANTON (Janis Joplin Alternate). Appears for the first time on Broadway.  Regional/Other Theater: Love, Janis (San Diego Repertory, Kansas City Repertory, Downstairs Cabaret Theatre), Your Town Follies, a Cirque Comique (El Portal Theatre, Los Angeles).  Film/TV Soundtrack: The Tooth Fairy, Kinsey, Brothers and Sisters, Fox Sports, Cribs, Open House New York, 18 to Life, The Guiding Light, Star Search, Thirty Something. Additional Credits: Toured as a vocalist with Big Brother & the Holding Company, Joe Cocker, Luis Miguel.

ALLISON BLACKWELL (Joplinaire swing) was last seen on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Other Credits: Ragtime (Avery Fisher Hall), The Lion King (Las Vegas), Caroline, or Change (Theatreworks, CA), The Sound of Music (Paper Mill Playhouse), Nunsense and A Little Night Music (Sacramento Music Circus), Dreamgirls (PCLO), Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theatre). M.M. The Boston Conservatory. B.A. Spelman College. Thank you Jed, Pete, Mom, Dad, Patrice and RKLB. Faith Over Fear.

ALISON CUSANO (U/s Janis Joplin, swing). Broadway Debut! Regional: One Night With Janis Joplin (Janis Alternate): Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse and Cleveland Playhouse. Factory Girls: Goodspeed Musicals Festival of New Artists. The Full Monty: Ogunquit Playhouse. Other theatre credits: Hair (Sheila), Tommy (Mrs. Walker). BFA Music Theatre from the Hartt School. Thanks to the creative team for this opportunity, and for making a girl’s dream come true! Love to friends and family for their continuous support.

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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at https://andrewmcgibbonphotography.com.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

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