PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Day at Arena Stage With Broadway-Bound A Night With Janis Joplin Star Mary Bridget Davies
By Matthew Blank
Prior to its September arrival at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre, the critically acclaimed A Night With Janis Joplin is playing an engagement at DC's Arena Stage. Leading lady Mary Bridget Davies shares a day in her life portraying the rock icon.
The show, which had been performed at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in fall 2012, runs through Aug. 11 in the Kreeger Theater.
Along with Davies, the cast includes Sabrina Elayne Carten as the Blues Singer, who plays the singers Joplin idolized, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith. Alison Cusano (Cohoes Music Hall's Hair), Shay Saint-Victor (Billie Holiday Theatre's Freeda Peoples) and Kim Yarbrough (season two finalist on NBC's "The Voice") provide backup vocals as the Joplinaires. Cusano and Yarbrough are also alternates for Joplin and the Blues Singer, respectively.
"One Night with Janis Joplin has been barnstorming across America and it's time to come back to Arena," Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith said in a previous statement. "This powerful portrait of a seminal American artist brings many back to their youth while introducing others to this wildly original artist for the first time. There is nothing quite like hearing her voice blasting through the Mead Center for American Theater."
One Night with Janis Joplin boasts a live, on-stage band, featuring returning musicians Tyler Evans (keyboard), Stephen Flakus (guitar), Patrick Harry (bass), Ross Seligman (musical supervisor, guitar) and Mitch Wilson (drums), who performed with the show at Arena Stage this past fall. They are joined by D.C.-area based Dennis Ferry (trumpet), Scott Silbert (tenor sax) and S. Craig Taylor (trumpet), making their debuts with the company.
The creative team for One Night with Janis Joplin includes musical arranger Len Rhodes, set and lighting designer Justin Townsend, costume designer Jeff Cone, sound designer Carl Casella, projection designer Darrell Maloney, associate lighting designer Dan Ozminkowski, projection programmer Benjamin Keightley, stage manager Hethyr (Red) Verhoef, assistant stage manager Jessica Aguilar and musician contractor Rita Eggert.
Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production is produced in partnership with The Pasadena Playhouse and Milwaukee Repertory Theater, in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of One Night Productions, The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeff Jampol of JAM, Inc.
Tickets may be purchased online at arenastage.org or by phone at (202) 488-3300.*
The show will begin previews on Broadway Sept. 20 at the Lyceum Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for Oct. 10.
Mary Bridget Davies, who 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, will reprise her role as the late Joplin on Broadway.
Additional casting and the complete creative team will be announced at a later time.
Advance tickets are available now exclusively to Audience Rewards members through July 5. Fans who want to be notified of the special Facebook pre-sale, which will begin July 1, should Like Us on Facebook. Tickets go on sale to the general public July 6. Tickets will be available by visiting Telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200.
For more information go to anightwithjanisjoplin.com.
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