Fall 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013
A Night with Janis Joplin
If the thought of the hard-rocking, harder-living singer coming to the Great White Way makes you a bit leery, don't fear: A Night with Janis Joplin is not a typical Broadway musical. Directed and conceived by Randy Johnson with input from Joplin's brother and sister, the show is more of a concert—which is where Joplin was at her best, whether at Woodstock or in a hazy blues club. There are bits of story woven in from her early years in Port Arthur, Texas, as well as the period from 1967 to 1970 when her star burned the brightest. Looking eerily similar to Joplin, newcomer Mary Bridget Davies has the daunting task of embodying the rock star on stage. But ably supported by a band and three backup singers, Davies pulls it off, and her raw voice does justice to Joplin's hits, like "Piece of My Heart, " "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Ball and Chain."
Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St. Previews start September 20; opens October 10.