In 1967, a new voice burst onto the music scene. Janis Joplin, with a powerhouse vocals full of raw emotion with just a touch of Southern Comfort, instantly become the queen of rock and roll. However, like most meteoric rises, her talent and success was followed quickly by tragedy. In this musical, audiences are invited to share the evening with this iconic woman, and the other iconic women who influenced her, such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith. Featuring beloved hits such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Cry Baby," and "Summertime," the show delves into the psyche of one of rock’s greatest legends.
Randy Johnson, creator and writer of the show, directs the production. The cast features Kacee Clanton as Janis Joplin, Kristin Piacentile as Janis Joplin (certain performances), Yvette Cason, Sylvia MacCalla, Nova Payton, and Aurianna Tuttle as the Joplinaires.
"This incredible high energy hit will transport you back in time and let you experience what it was like to be in the presence of the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll at the height of her fame," said 5th Avenue Theatre executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong. "However, this show is not just a concert. It features all of her greatest hits, but it will also take you inside her mind and her experience, and bring onto the stage many of the incredible women who influenced her as a singer and an artist."
The creative team includes Justin Townsend (set and lighting design), Amy Clark (costume design), Ben Selke (sound design), Leah Loukas (hair/make-up/wig design), Darel Maloney (video and projection design), and Jeffrey K. Hanson (stage manager).
Performances will run through April 17.