PASADENA, CA (June 26, 2015) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) announced today full casting for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. Conceived, written and directed by Randy Johnson, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans. A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN stars Mary Bridget Davies, following her Tony Award®-nominated Broadway run. Pasadena native Kacee Clanton, also from the Broadway production of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, will alternate the role of Janis Joplin with Davies.
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN features: Sharon Brown as Joplinaire/Chordette/Swing (Broadway’s Dreamgirls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Yvette Cason as Joplinaire/Aretha Franklin/Nina Simone (Broadway’s Play On!, Under My Skin at The Pasadena Playhouse), Sylvia MacCalla as Joplinaire/ Bessie Smith/Odetta (Original Broadway tour of Rent, Ray Charles Live! at The Pasadena Playhouse) and Jenelle Lynn Randall as Joplinaire/ Etta James (Broadway’s All Shook Up, Kiss Me Kate at The Pasadena Playhouse).
The acclaimed musical will perform July 21 – August 16, 2015 with the official press night on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is produced by The Pasadena Playhouse, Michael Cohl, Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich in association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol for JAM, Inc.
Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse, says, “The return of JANIS is highly anticipated. It will be a thrill to have Mary Bridget Davies on our stage once again along with Kacee Clanton, who also joins us from the original Broadway company. The fact that JANIS will now be ‘lifted up higher and higher’ by four Playhouse favorites builds even greater anticipation for vocal and theatrical fireworks. I know that this cast will bring incredible richness to Janis’ songs and to the musical influences that made her artistry so dynamic and literally soul-stirring!”
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN has been hailed by critics and has audiences leaping to their feet and dancing in the aisles. The critics have raved: “Keeps the house rocking…with a throbbing fervor.” (The New York Times); “This electrifying concert musical resurrects the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” (Los Angeles Times) and “This new musical provides a rockin’ good time.” (Associated Press).
The show 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. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin 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. Audiences will enjoy Joplin’s favorites, including “Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” among others.
Calendar Listing for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
Dates: July 21 – August 16 (press opening Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m.)
Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Mary Bridget Davies performs the role of Janis Joplin on Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Kacee Clanton performs the role of Janis Joplin on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday Evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Prices: $55.00 to $150.00
Venue: The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, PasadenaCA91101
Tickets: Online sales and information: PasadenaPlayhouse.org Phone: 626-356-7529
In Person: On non-performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday