Alright, before I share with you my “A Night With Janis Joplin” review, let me make a blasphemous confession: I really don’t like musicals. There, I said it publicly. Well, I’m sorry guys but it’s just not for me. I am fully aware that living in the greater New York area, this is especially weird, because everybody just loves these part singing, part acting performances. To be clear, I have the utmost respect for the talent that people bring on stage. It is absolutely incredible from an artistic perspective, yet, I just don’t appreciate it, because I don’t get the concept of musicals in general.
Anyway, enough of my whining. Let’s talk about “A Night With Janis Joplin”. Technically, I guess it is considered a musical, even though, I’d argue it’s more of a concert with a little bit of narration in between the songs. But the bottom line is: it was totally awesome, I really loved it. Admittedly, I was skeptical at first when my wife gave me “A Night With Janis Joplin” tickets for my birthday, but the show I finally got to see the day after Thanksgiving this year in the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, was absolutely fantastic. First of all the Lyceum Theatre is simply beautiful, what a great location. Even from the far-way seat all the way up in the ranks you have a great view down to the stage. The acoustics are great, too, which is obviously important for a show that’s centered around musical performances.
At first, we were a little bit disappointed to learn that at our performance, Mary Bridget Davies was not going to play Janis Joplin. Instead, Kacee Clanton filled in. However, after the first measures of “Combination of the Two”, all concerns proved to be unjustified. Kacee did an outstanding job and so did the rest of the crew.
“A Night With Janis Joplin” featured all the great Joplin classics, including tunes such as “Summertime”, “Down on me”, “Piece of my heart”, “Maybe”, “Cry Baby”, “Kozmic Blues” and of course, “Mercedes Benz”.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed “A Night With Janis Joplin” and I can only highly recommend it. Oh, and as far as the guitar work is concerned (the band is actually on stage all throughout the show and fully integrated in the act), the guys where dead on. Two guitarists shared the main work, one of which was a guy by the name Stephen Flakus. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the other gentlemen, but he too did a phenomenal job just like the rest of the other musicians.
If you have a chance to see the show, I can only highly recommend “A Night With Janis Joplin”. I thoroughly enjoyed and remember, I don’t even like musicals…;-)