Friday, June 28, 2013

One Night with Janis Joplin -- Arena Stage Jun 27 2013

One Night with Janis Joplin - This deservedly popular musical returns to the Arena Stage for one more run before this excellent production heads for the bright lights of Broadway. I thoroughly enjoyed the play last year and it was every bit as good tonight. If anything, the crowd was even rowdier and more involved, although these performers were not about to let them sit back quietly like any routine theater crowd. This is a rock and blues show with a sense of theater and storytelling infused. Very few changes have occurred this past year, as everyone is back aside from changes in two back-up singers and the horns section of the rock band. So again, I would urge everyone to see this, whether you are a big theater fan, or simply a rock music and blues lover. This show presents it all in a highly enjoyable and enlightening fashion. And the two lead singers, Mary Bridget Davies and Sabrina Elayne Carten, are two powerhouses that you will just not see every day, or every year even if you go to as many shows as I. They are amazing singers and also very interesting people, as I have had the pleasure of interviewing both (Click on their names to read the interviews). This play runs until August 11th before the Big Apple comes calling.

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