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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Begins Previews Tomorrow, Sep 20, General Rush Policy Announced

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
THE NEW MUSICAL

BEGINS PREVIEWS TOMORROW
AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE

GENERAL RUSH POLICY ANNOUNCED

Get A Night with Janis Joplin Tickets

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, the new Broadway musical, will begin preview performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W. 45th Street) tomorrow at 8 PM with an opening night set for Thursday, October 10th.

In addition, the production is announcing the general rush policy: A limited number of $30 rush tickets located in the front row of the orchestra will be available for purchase in-person at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 W. 45th Street) when it opens at 10 AM for that day's performance(s) only. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances.

Mary Bridget Davies is reprising her role as Janis Joplin on Broadway, having taken the country by storm with her critically acclaimed performance. “Producing a version of the Joplin screech that starts somewhere around the singer’s ankles, wends its way up into the back of her throat and shoots off into the farthest reaches of the theater” (The Washington Post), 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.

The cast also includes 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.

Starting, Monday, October 14th, 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.

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin (Mary Bridget Davies) exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became 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.

The creative team for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN features writer and director Randy Johnson (Elvis The Concert), recent Astaire Award-winning choreographer Patricia Wilcox (Motown), set and lighting designer Justin Townsend (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), costume designer Amy Clark (Chaplin), sound designer Carl Casella (Relatively Speaking), projection designer Darrel Maloney (American Idiot), music director Ross Seligman (One Night With Janis Joplin across the country), and original music director and arranger Len Rhodes (Mike Tyson’s The Undisputed Truth in Las Vegas).

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is produced on Broadway by Daniel Chilewich, Todd Gershwin, Michael Cohl, Jeffrey Jampol, TCG Entertainment, Stephen Tenenbaum, Richard Winkler, Ginger Productions, Jeremiah H. Harris, Claudio Loureiro, Keith Mardak, Michael J. Moritz Jr./Brunish & Trinchero, Ragovoy Entertainment, Bob and Laurie Wolfe/Neil Kahanovitz, Mike Stoller & Corky Hale Stoller, Susan DuBow, and Jerry Rosenberg, 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 ($28 - $140) for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLINare available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com, or at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 W. 45th Street).


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.

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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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