Janis Joplin was one of the greatest blues singers of our time. Her husky, earthy and explosive voice, still to this day has one of the most recognizable sounds that has the power to move you both emotionally and physically.
Not only did Janis have an incredible instrument, but she threw herself body and soul into every number she performed. She reminded me of the great gospel singers who would time after time “take us to church” as soon as they opened their mouth. This was Janis.
Her volcanic performances along with her sexual magnetism and unique flamboyant style made her one of the first ‘rock mamas’ who has influenced so many female singers who came after. This extraordinary lady changed rock and roll forever.
Her songs “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Cry Baby,” “Summertime” and “Mercedes Benz” still brings chills to me everytime I hear them.
“A Night With Janis” written and directed by Randy Johnson is a musical journey celebrating Janis life, her successes, her insecurities and her battles. We also get to meet, thanks to some incredible supporting players who share the stage, Joplin’s biggest musical influences including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simon and the great Bessie Smith.
The show opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in October 2013 and has been touring ever since. I saw it a few years back at the Pasadena Playhouse and it was definitely one of my more memorable theatrical experiences.
“A Night With Janis” will play at the Saban Theatre located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills this Saturday evening, Feb. 17, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets go to wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com or call (888) 654-5006. Tickets range from $38-$68. This is one show that will have you dancing in your seats.