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Perez Reviews: A Night With Janis Joplin

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Mary Bridget Davies Sings The Fuck Out Of Janis Joplin would have been a more appropriate title for the show we just saw on Broadway! And Mary Bridget Davies, who plays the iconic singer, is plenty reason to see this new non-musical musical.

A Night With Janis Joplin is more like a dramatized concert than a musical.

There is no book. There is no story. There is no drama - except in the music.

The show is set up like a night at a Joplin concert, as if she were still alive, and Janis talks to the audience about the blues. She talks about the blues a lot. And she sings the blues.

That's the show.

The a bit disappointing.

But the singing is EXCEPTIONAL!

Joplin's life was anything but boring and could have been quite compelling if fictionalized in a traditional musical. We're not quite sure why that route wasn't taken. But it is a missed opportunity!

Also baffling is why certain other music icons make cameos and sing in the show - actors Etta James and Aretha Franklin.

BUT, we are thankful for Aretha - for she is portrayed by the PHENOMENAL Natasha Yvette Williams, who steals the show whenever she's on stage.

If anything, presented in the way that it is, A Night With Janis Joplin is true to the singer herself - all about the music!

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5 comments to “Perez Reviews: A Night With Janis Joplin

  1. bwaymum says – reply to this


    Etta and Artetha are in the show since they were major influences in Joplin's life…moron.

    Stop reviewing, you're no critic. You are embarrassing yourself.

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  3. RichR says – reply to this


    How about spelling Mary Bridget Davies name correctly. Would that be too much to ask of a literate, literary professional? Or, Perez Hilton?

  4. samanthal says – reply to this


    I saw this show at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater a few months ago with Mary Bridget Davies and it was amazing. Thank you for spreading the word. I could not express enough how great this show was. The theater was small so it felt like we were right there with her and it really did feel like Janis was singing and talking to us.

  5. samanthaL says – reply to this


    Re: bwaymum
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