The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of One Night Productions, LLC, the Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeff Jampol of JAM, Inc. announced that in less than four weeks into its engagement, ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN has officially become the highest-grossing production in the history of The Pasadena Playhouse, breaking a previous record held by Stormy Weather which played for eight weeks in January – March, 2009. The production enters its final two weeks of performances, playing through April 21, 2013.
“Over the past few weeks this show has been filling our theatre with tremendous energy, theatricality, and sheer musical JOY,” said Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse. “That is a great accomplishment for all involved and I am tremendously grateful. To have the show additionally break box office records at this point in the run is a delicious cherry on top of an already satisfying sundae. I look forward to JANIS continuing to rock The Playhouse through the final weeks of the run.”
Critical praise for ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN includes:
“ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD”
CRITIC’S CHOICE. “Neither venue nor attendees may ever be the same. In a cosmic collusion of persona and perception, this electrifying concert musical resurrects the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll with the sort of seismically sensational results normally encountered at stadiums and pop festivals. Eschewing the biographical narrative gyrations of say, Jersey Boys, the premise of One Night is basic, unvarnished and supremely effective…jaws drop…Given the objective, it’s a triumph for all concerned. They will rock your world.” – David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times
“Mary Bridget Davies is volcanic as ‘The Pearl.’ Sabrina Elayne Carten is electrifying as her blues muse.” – Jonas Schwartz, TheaterMania
“GO!” – Bill Raden, LA Weekly
“…an absolutely delicious chance to relive a moment of musical magic…a couple of knockout performances.” – Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star-News
“Wow! …immensely talented singers…” – Robert Hofler, Variety
“Janis Rocks! …definitely a night to remember!” – Rosalind Read, LAArtsOnline.com
“It is simply one of the most amazing and emotional experiences offered on any Los Angeles stage so far this year. Critic’s Score: A” – Travis Michael Holder, Backstage
ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, created, written and directed by Randy Johnson and starring Mary Bridget Davies, who gives an acclaimed performance as Janis Joplin, is a full-on concert experience and musical journey into the inspirations of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends. With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, proving music wasn’t just a man’s world anymore. ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN also shines a spotlight on the great African-American blues artists who influenced Janis’ musical style and career, including Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. This new musical event includes a live onstage band and features Joplin hits and classic songs such as “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Ball and Chain” and “Summertime” – creating a compelling portrait of an artist through the words and music of one of America’s greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll icons.
ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN will play two more weeks through April 21, 2013. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Single show ticket prices for ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN range from $69.00 – $107.00, with Premium Seating available for $105.00 – $145.00. Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases. Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office at 626-356-7529. On non-performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available 24 hours a day at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. Group Sales (tickets for 8 or more people) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For additional information on The Pasadena Playhouse, please visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. For additional information on the production, please visit www.OneNightWithJanisJoplin.com, www.facebook.com/janisjoplin, www.twitter.com/janisjoplin or www.wemanagelegends.com