It was about three weeks ago that I put up a posting informing our readers that The Gramercy Theatre was going to be playing host to the Broadway Theatrical Production of “A Night With Janis Joplin” and this show has been postponed indefinitely by the producers citing only “Production Issues”. No further information has been disclosed but refunds for tickets being held are available.
Mary Bridget Davies – Janis Joplin
Alison Cusano – u/s Janis Joplin
Nikki Kimbrough – Etta James
Natasha Yvette Williams – Aretha Franklin
The show features Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin while Alison Cusano is the Janis Joplin alternate. Its produced by Daniel Chilewich, Todd Gershwin and Michael Cohl with choreography by Patricia Wilcox. The story has been written and directed by Randy Johnson and brings the audience into the music of the late great performer. Musically this has been very well received and according to research it receives numerous standing ovations nightly. Through “A Night With Janis Joplin” the music and her story continue to live on for today’s interested fan. I know it sounds interesting enough to see so I will remain hopeful that this works itself out for the better.
The video below shows what we were all in store for as it gives you a glimpse of being a member of the audience. The postponement looks to open up the three plus months of dates that were originally planned but since they have installed seating in the venue, I cannot imagine that the circle pit inducing Metal shows that we had found there in the past can easily come back. Only time will tell how this production and this enjoyed space for events will move forward.
Official Website: http://www.anightwithjanisjoplin.com
A link to the cast album can be found below in case you are interested and I’ve embedded one for some “Essential” Joplin tunes as well.