I was not compensated for this post. I was given tickets for the purpose of review. Thank you to Savvy Meema for attending on behalf of Raising 3 Savvy Ladies. All thoughts and opinions are her own.
It truly was a night staring Janis Joplin because Mary Bridget Davies is her body double. I thought Janis had risen from the dead because it was just uncanny that the likeness between them – not only in appearance but also in mannerism, voice and clothing – just astonishing!
I couldn’t take my eyes off her: she will keep you spellbound in her narratives about her childhood and musical beginnings.
What I especially liked about the show was the portrayal of the women who influenced Janis in her singing career: The Chantels, Odetta, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith & Etta James. This show in essence is a tribute to them as well.
The stage was set like a 1960’s club with a super band. You too will feel like you’re on a musical journey. Those in the audience who were into the rock n roll scene in the late 60’s were just ecstatic enjoying the presentation. They stood up- gyrated (even some danced in the aisles) and you could hear then singing they knew every word. And if you were not a child of this era of course, you knew about Janis and this production accentuates the positive side of Janis the musical talent.
Janis Joplin’s sister Laura and brother Michael wanted to keep her musical memory alive and were specific in keeping her dark side in the background (Janis dies of a drug overdose in 1970 at the age of 27) They truly succeeded in this endeavor and made this show the very heart and soul of Janis.
The words to the songs are on microfiche in your brain-“Me and Bobby McGee”, “Piece of My Heart” and “Mercedes Benz” to name a few. It is amazing how our brains work that you get “almost” total recall and sing along.
Consider seeing this show and revisit one of rock n roll’s greatest legends – “A night with Janis Joplin”. Treat yourself and listen to her childhood tales and distinctive voice. It’s a blast from the past.