Janis Joplin lives on as musical transfers off-Broadway

Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin in "A Night With Janis Joplin."
(Janet Macoska)

Janis Joplin — the musical, that is — lives on, thanks to Live Nation.

After a tour that took it to Southern California and other venues, and a run on Broadway that closed in February, “A Night With Janis Joplin” will transfer off-Broadway to the Gramercy Theatre in New York, with the opening set for April 10.

The new engagement is in partnership with concert promoter Live Nation and is expected to be a new staging to fit the concert-like venue of the Gramercy. Michael Cohl, one of the show’s Broadway producers, is a former chairman of Live Nation.

The Gramercy is managed by Live Nation, which has used it as a live-music venue.


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Mary Bridget Davies, who received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Joplin, will return for the new engagement. Writer-director Randy Johnson is also returning.

“Joplin” isn’t a conventional musical biography but rather a concert-like production with Davies performing many of the songs that made Joplin famous.

The musical debuted at the Portland Center Stage in Oregon in 2011 and has been produced at the Arena Stage in Washington and the Cleveland Playhouse. It came to the Pasadena Playhouse last year as part of a tour.

On Broadway, the show ran for four months at the Lyceum Theatre before closing in February.


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