DC socialites can break curfew to spend One Night with Janis Joplin… now returning to Arena Stage after a popular run last Fall.
Director and producer, Randy Johnson takes the raspy, blues inspired music Joplin wrote and sang so passionately and brings them to life anew as channelled by Mary Bridget Davis. Audiences are taking to their feet in the Keeger Theater as even those who saw the singer perform over 40 years ago say Davis’ performance is almost so perfect, it’s a “vision” of Joplin.
One Night with Janis Joplin is unconventional — and unlike anything your parents took you to when you were young — which takes you through the childhood of Joplin. Through song and prose, Davis explains the trials and tribulations that made Joplin the artist she became, blending heart jerking blues, raspy jazz and rock and roll.
A true tribute to Joplin, Davis performs classics like “Maybe” and “Cry Baby” with the same enthusiasm as the late rock and roll blues artist.
Sabrina Elayne Carten steals the stage during her parts, acting as Joplin’s inspiration and alter ego. Carten’s range and depth are perfect for the parts of Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, Etta James and Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorton. The talented singers and band are just as on point as the leads, allowing the audience one more night with Janis Joplin; a true tribute to her life and artistry.