Arena Stage’s ‘Janis Joplin’ to head to Broadway

June 26, 2013

I’d like to make an announcement of great social and political import:

“One Night With Janis Joplin,” starring Mary Bridget Davies and now enjoying its second run at Arena Stage, is headed to Broadway in the fall.

“Joplin” will arrive at New York’s Lyceum Theatre after years of touring across the country. In true rock-star style, the show has played stints from Portland, Ore., to Pasadena, Calif., from Cleveland to Milwaukee, and it will be here in the District until Aug. 11.

Peter Marks reviewed “Joplin” when it first appeared at Arena and was floored by Davies’s Janis-doppelganger looks and vocals. He described her sound as “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 Arena’s Kreeger Theater.” Phew. Brace yourself for that one, New York.

“Joplin,” which includes all the Janis songs you know and then some, is written and directed by Randy Johnson. Previews in New York begin Sept. 20; opening night is Oct. 10.


Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin in "One Night with Janis Joplin" (Jim Cox)
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