From Broadway to your city, you’re invited to share an evening with the woman and her influences in the musical, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN.
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” a remarkable cast and breakout performances, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, written and directed by Randy Johnson, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends.
“A ROCKIN’ GOOD TIME! A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is a loud, colorful, high-caliber spectacle.” – Associated Press
“LUSTY, POWERFUL, AND UNDENIABLY CROWD-PLEASING. THE AUDIENCE ROSE TO THEIR FEET!" – The Huffington Post
"FASCINATING, ENTERTAINING!" – Eric Marchese, The Orange County Register
“MIND-BLOWING…a psychedelic flashback to the glory days of the Haight-Ashbury.” – Bay Area News Group
"AUTHENTIC AND YET TIMELESS, transporting the audience into another universe!" – Daniella Walsh, Laguna Beach Indy
Mary Bridget Davies (Janis Joplin) is an American singer and actress. She performs with her own band, Mary Bridget Davies, and is also an interpreter of Janis Joplin's music. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Janis in A Night with Janis Joplin. Her band The Mary Bridget Davies Group released an album with original songs in 2012 titled Wanna Feel Somethin.
She trained first as a dancer, touring with dance productions as a child working with Tina Landon, and later began singing and acting. Davies has studied improv with The Second City in Cleveland and is also a member of the Something Dada Improv Group in Cleveland. After college, Davies started singing at blues jams in Cleveland around 2002. Also during this time she worked as a dance instructor at Dance Dimensions in Ohio with Jen Naso. In 2005, she auditioned and landed the lead role for a touring production of Love, Janis. She has toured in Europe with Janis Joplin's original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and has formed her own band, titled The Mary Bridget Davies Group that tours in festivals and clubs worldwide.
In 2012, Davies took over the lead role in A Night with Janis Joplin on tour, and stayed with the show when it moved to Off-Broadway and eventually Broadway in 2013, closing February 9, 2014. Davies was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance. She had previously been nominated in 2013 for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Davies has also performed in a tour of the Broadway musical revue It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues.
Ms. Davies recent performances at SXSW and a week long residency in Pasadena, CA where she was joined by The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Slash, The MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Dave & Phil Alvin of The Blasters, Bob Mothersbaugh of DEVO, Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble, Doug Pinnick of King’s X and members of Tom Morello’s Nightwatchmen and Gnarls Barkley.
Davies reprised her role as Janis Joplin in A Night with Janis Joplin for the First National North American Tour boasting sold out shows across the country and Canada performing 63 shows in 11 weeks. Davies has lived and performed in Kansas City, New York City, and currently lives in Cleveland. In late 2017 she gave birth to her first child, a son.
Currently writing a new album, Davies expects it’s release in early 2019.
Paige McNamara (Janis Alternate/Swing): Paige has toured the country and world in Broadway hits Mamma Mia! and Sister Act, and is honored to be back on the road with Janis. Regional: A Night With Janis Joplin (La Mirada Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, North Carolina Theater); North Shore Music Theatre. Proud Wagner College Alum. Endless thanks to Randy and the ANWJJ team, the Baker team, Noel, Mom, Dad and the boys! For TFM.
Aurianna Angelique (Odetta, Bessie Smith, Chantel) Aurianna is thrilled to be reprising her role in Janis! Aurianna is a native of southern California. Some of her most recent credits include: Deloris in Sister Act, Smokey Joes Cafe, Stage West’s Rumours and Dreams and Love Train. Aurianna had the pleasure of playing Effie White in The Arts Club production of Dreamgirls as well as Motormouth in Hairspray at Mayfield. Other credits: Off Broadway – Sistas The Musical, Disney Cruise Line, Show Boat, South Pacific and many more! She would like to thank God for her continued Blessings and friends and family for their continued support! Enjoy The Show!!
ASHLEY TÁMAR DAVIS Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Blues Woman, Chantel), known as the muse and protégé of Prince, gained notoriety for co-writing their Grammy Award–nominated duet, “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed.” A graduate of University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Davis recently starred as Sarah Vaughan in Sarah Sings a Love Story (Crossroads Theatre Company). She appeared on NBC’s The Voice, debuted in the first national tour of Motown: The Musical, and has performed in numerous Tyler Perry/Lionsgate productions. Davis has commercially released two independent albums, "I Am the Storm" and "My Name Is Tamar," via her company, Syren Music Group. Davis is also the founder of three edu-tainment initiatives: the College, Career, and Empowerment Summit and the Syren Arts Academy. www.TamarDavis.com
TAWNY DOLLEY (Etta James, Chantel, Joplinaire) has entertained audiences around the globe, sharing the stage with musical artists Estelle, Solange, Rachel Platten, John Legend, and the legendary band Vintage Trouble. She’s performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Late Late Show, The Talk, The Late Show, and The Tonight Show. Dolley played Etta James to critical acclaim in the first national tour of A Night with Janis Joplin alongside Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies. Other regional credits: Dreamgirls, Once on This Island, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Parade, Fame, Big River, and For the Record: Tarantino. Tawny currently stars in Vegas! The Show at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas and tours regularly with the band Vaud & The Villains. She also sings with pop acapella group, Vybration. www.tawnydolley.com
JENNIFER LEIGH WARREN (Blues Singer, Lead Chantel, Joplinaire) Broadway/Off-Broadway: the original Alice’s Daughter Big River (“How Blest We Are” written for her by Roger Miller), the original Crystal in the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman hit Little Shop of Horrors, the original Lonesome Traveler and Marie Christine. She performed with “Broken Bells”, “The Kills”, “Trombone Shorty”, “Moon Taxi” and “Lisa Loeb” on The Tonight Show, CONAN and Jimmy Kimmel. She received rave reviews for her performance of the Blues singer at Houston’s Alley Theater, North Carolina Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse and the 1st & 2nd National & Canadian tours of ANWJJ. Awards: NAACP Theatre, Ovation, Backstage, BroadwayWorld, Dartmouth Arts. www.JenniferLeighWarren.com
JANIS JOPLIN - That voice—high, husky, earthy, explosive—remains among the most distinctive and galvanizing in pop history. But Janis Joplin didn’t merely possess a great instrument; she threw herself into every syllable, testifying from the very core of her being. She claimed the blues, soul, gospel, country, and rock with unquestionable authority and verve, fearlessly inhabiting psychedelic guitar jams, back-porch roots, and everything in between. Her volcanic performances left audiences stunned and speechless, while her sexual magnetism, world-wise demeanor and flamboyant style shattered every stereotype about female artists—and essentially invented the “rock mama” paradigm. But California drew her back into its glittering embrace in 1966 when she joined the Haight-based psychedelic-rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Her adoption of a wild sartorial style—with granny glasses, frizzed-out hair and extravagant attire that winked, hippie-style, at the burlesque era—further spiked her burgeoning reputation. And from there, the rest is history. In the years since her passing, Janis Joplin’s recordings and filmed performances have cemented her status as an icon, inspiring countless imitators and musical devotees. Myriad hit collections, live anthologies, various commercials, and a hit Broadway show have kept her legend alive. Learn more at www.janisjoplin.com.
RANDY JOHNSON (Writer, Director, Creator) Writer and director of the Tony- nominated production of A Night with Janis Joplin. A 30 year career that is complex, definable, and undefinable at the same time. As varied as it is diverse, he has broken career barriers, made and seen history first hand, all while being consistently committed to his artistic core values. His most recent work Shout Sister Shout, based on the life of rock and roll/gospel trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, premiered this summer at the Pasadena Playhouse to rave reviews and record breaking attendance. “Randy Johnson certainly doesn’t lack for ambition or vision, or social conscience. In the strictest sense of the word, he isn’t a theater director— that might be too much of a constricted space for him, although he’s certainly succeeded in almost every medium including: Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater and the concert world. If there is a trademark for Randy Johnson’s productions, it’s that they’re going to be nothing that you might expect.” (The New York Times) www.randy-johnson1.com
JESSICA R. AGUILAR* (Assistant Stage Manager) is grateful to hit the road with A Night with Janis Joplin having previously worked on productions of ANWJJ both pre and post Broadway. Previous works include: Pasadena Playhouse: Our Town, The Originalist, Fly, Real Women Have Curves, Stop Kiss, 12 Angry Men; Geffen Playhouse: reasons to be pretty, Death of the Author; Marin Theatre Company: Fences, In the Red & Brown Water; LATC: Devil’s Advocate, Dementia; Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Hedwig & the Angry Inch. She is a proud member of AEA, a fitness enthusiast & an avid SF Giants fan. Thanks to her F&F-SA²-HW-PA-ML-MQH-JK²-MA. XO to TB!
KEVIN BEEBEE (Company Manager) is pleased to be back on the road with ANWJJ. For the past decade, Kevin has been managing shows on Broadway and their National Tours. Along with Janis last year, other shows he has managed are WICKED; The Book of Mormon; Nice Work If You Can Get It - staring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara; Curtains the Musical - staring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk; MAMMA MIA!; Legally Blonde; Blue Man Group; and Stomp. Kevin also is the Founding Managing Director for Titan Theatre Company, one of New York City's newest and most successful theatre companies nestled in the beautiful borough of Queens. Kevin is an alumni of Bowling Green State University where he worked towards his Bachelor of Arts In Theatre with an emphasis in Arts Management.
AMY CLARK (Costume Design) has designed for the Broadway productions of A Night with Janis Joplin and Chaplin (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: Himself and Nora, Stupid Fucking Bird, Heathers: The Musical, Cagney, Unlock’d, Animals Out of Paper, All This Intimacy, Jayson with a Y, Dreams of the Washer King, Apple Cove, and Dramatis Personae. Other select designs: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion: The Musical, Vocalosity, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and On Your Toes at New York City Center Encores! She was awarded the 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame Emerging Artists fellowship. Clark has an MFA from NYU.
LEAH J. LOUKAS (Hair and Makeup Design) has designed for Sweat; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; The Heidi Chronicles; On the Town; A Night with Janis Joplin; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; American Idiot; and Irena’s Vow on Broadway. Off-Broadway, she has designed for Barbecue and Fortress of Solitude (The Public), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Into the Woods (The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park), and Heathers: The Musical, Bare: The Musical, Carrie: The Musical, Tribes, and Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre). Loukas has a BFA in theater design and production with a focus in makeup and wig design from the University of Cincinnati.
DARREL MALONEY (Projection Design) has designed for broadcast, concerts, film, and theater. Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, American Idiot, On Your Feet!, Allegiance, Everyday Rapture, The Illusionists. Off-Broadway: Found (Atlantic Theater; Drama Desk nomination); Checkers (Vineyard Theatre, Drama Desk nomination); Tappin’ Thru Life (Drama Desk nomination); Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians); Kung Fu, Golden Child (Signature Theatre); The Village Bike, The Submission (MTC); Bikeman: A 9/11 Play, Kansas City Choir Boy (PROTOTYPE, A.R.T, Center Theatre Group); and Karen O’s Stop the Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Sydney Opera House). Darrel is also the founder of the design and production company The 13th Studios. www.darrelmaloney.com
RYAN J. O’GARA (Lighting Designer) selected- National Tour: Vocalocity, Walking Dead Experience, The Little Prince. NYC: Sanctuary, Tail Spin, play/date, USELESS, Lady Day, Moses of Egypt- New York City Opera, Little Prince, Knuckle Heads Zoo, Black Violin, Pinkolandia, PS Jones, Chix 6, Raw Space, THE RIDE, various productions for Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Drury Lane- Chicago, Signature Theatre DC, Laguna Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Sonnet Repertory Company, Lincoln Center Festival, Westbeth Theatre Center, Capital Repertory Theatre and Bristol Riverside Theatre (2016 Barrymore Award). Dance: American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, MOMIX, gloATL, Ballet Hispanico, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Dance Works, Revolution at the Joyce Theatre. Corporate: NBCU upfront 2016 @ Radio City Music Hall, Celebrity Apprentice, Michael Kors Jet Set Launch, Antonio Banderas Fragrance Launch, Nike Rockstar Workout. On Broadway he has served as the Associate Lighting Designer for: Come from Away, Bronx Tale, Paramour, Hamilton, Dr. Zhivago, Honeymoon in Vegas, After Midnight, A Christmas Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Magic/Bird, How to Succeed..., Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Cry Baby, Gypsy, In the Heights, Xanadu, LoveMusik and Avenue Q. O’Gara graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts. www.ryanogara.com
LEN RHODES (Original Music Arrangements) received diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and London College of Music, with continuing studies in composition at the University of London. He is a fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (U.K.). Rhodes is artistic director of and artist-in-residence with Summit Music and Arts in Colorado. Compositions, arrangements, and commissions include work for BBC Radio, Trinity College London, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. His recent piano quintet arrangement of “MacArthur Park” is available worldwide through Music Sales Ltd. nd Hal Leonard Corporation. Rhodes is currently signed as a recording artist with Burning Girl Records (U.K.).
BRIAN PRATHER (Scenic Design) Recent Off-Broadway designs include: Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages), Widower’s Houses (TACT/Gingold), A Christmas Carol (St. Clement’s), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside), The Memory Show (Transport Group), Freud’s Last Session (New World Stages), Nymph Errant (Prospect Theater), and The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons). Internationally Brian has designed at the Chung-mu Art Hall (South Korea) and at regional and other theatres including: the Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Barrington Stage Co., TheaterWorks Hartford, Virginia Rep., Mercury Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co., Shakespeare on the Sound, among many others. Awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago) for Set Design and an Emmy nomination (New England) for the design of “The Kate” concert series on PBS. Brian is an Associate Artist at Barrington Stage Co. (MA) and a proud member of USA Local 829. See Brian’s work at www.brianprather.com.
HETHYR (RED) VERHOEF (Production Stage Manager) Having toured with A Night with Janis Joplin regionally and nationally, Hethyr is thrilled to bring it to McCarter. Hethyr has worked as a stage manager and flyman over the years and continues to be deeply invested in theater, art, and all the elements it takes to create it. In the words of Janis: “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.
PATRICIA WILCOX (Choreographer) Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, Motown (Astaire Award and NAACP Award). Off-Broadway/national tours: Little Shop of Horrors (Encores/City Center starring Jake Gyllenhaal), Children’s Letters to God, Bowfire (and PBS TV special), Blues in the Night (NAACP Nomination), Seussical. West End/London: Motown. Select regional: A Swell Party (Kennedy Center), The Secret Garden (Denver Theatre Center), Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed Opera House), Peter and the Starcatcher (Pioneer Theatre Company), Pirates of Penzance (Missouri Rep), Aida (NSMT), Cabaret (Sacramento Music), Hair (Arizona Theatre Company), Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse).
“Ball and Chain” written by Willie Mae Thornton. Published by Bro ‘n Sis Music, Inc. (ASCAP) c/o Carlin America, Inc. Used with permission. “Today I sing the Blues’’ written by Curtis Reginald. Used with permission. ‘’Combination of the Two” written by Sam Andrew. Published by Cheap Thrills Music (ASCAP). Used with permission. “I Shall Be Released” written by Bob Dylan. Published by Dwarf Music (ASCAP). Used by permission. “Tell Mama” by Clarence George Carter, Marcus Lewis Daniel and Wilber Terrell. Published by EMI-Screen Gems Musk (BMI). Used with permission. “Maybe” by Richard Barrett. Published by EMl Longitude Music (BMI). Used with permission. ‘’Me and Bobby McGee” written by Fred L. Foster and Kris Kristhofferson. Published by Combine Music Corp (BMI) administered by EMI Music Publishers. Used with permission. “Little Girl Blue,” music by Richard Rogers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart. This selection is used by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein and lmagem Company, www.rnh.com. All rights reserved. “Kozmic Blues’’ written by Janis Joplin and Gabriel Mekler. Published by Strong Arm Music (ASCAP) and Universal Music Publishers (ASCAP). Used with permission. All rights reserved. “Turtle Blues” written by Janis Joplin and published by Strong Arm Music (ASCAP) and Universal Music Publishers (ASCAP). Used with permission. All rights reserved. “Down on Me” written by Janis Joplin. Published by Strong Arm Music (ASCAP). Used with permission. All rights reserved. “Mercedes Benz” written by Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Robert Neuwirth. Published by Strong Arm Music (ASCAP). Used with permission. All rights reserved. “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, words and music by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Copyright (1935) (renewed), Nokawi Music (ASCAP). Administered in the United States by Raleigh Music Publishing, LLC and Music Sales Corp. for George Gershwin Music and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund and WB Music for Ira Gershwin Music. Used with permission. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. “I’m Gonna Rock My Way to Heaven”, written by Jerry Ragovoy and Jenny Dean. Published by the Tune Room (ASCAP). Used with permission. “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” by James Cox. Published by Universal Music Publishers (ASCAP). Used with permission. “Try Just a Little Bit Harder” written by Jerry Ragovoy and Chip Taylor. Published by Unichappell Inc. (BMI). Used with permission. “Stay with Me” written by Jerry Ragovoy and George David Weiss. Published by Chappell & Co (ASCAP). Used with permission. “A Woman Left Lonely” written by Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn. Published by Embassy Music Corp. (BMI) and Dan Penn Music (BMI). “Cry Baby” written by Jerry Ragovoy (aka Norman Meade) and Bert Berns. Published by Sloopy II Inc. (ASCAP), EMI Music Publishers (ASCAP) and Sony/ATV Music Publishers (ASCAP). Used with permission. “Piece of My Heart” written by Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy, published by Sloopy II Inc. (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Music Publishers (ASCAP) and Warner/Chappell Music Publishers (ASCAP). “Spirit in the Dark” by Aretha Franklin. Published by Springtime Music (ASCAP). Under license from Donald K. Wilson, Jr. Used with permission.