Love, Janis: Musical Explores the Life of '60s Icon Janis Joplin
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The last date listed for Love, Janis was Sunday June 1, 2008 / 2:00pm.
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The wit and wisdom of one of America's greatest humorists comes to life in Kurt Sutton's one-man show, An Evening With Mark Twain. Channeling Twain's public speaking engagements, where he proved to be a master storyteller and skilled musician, this family friendly and very funny show includes a sing-along of period songs like "Down in the Valley" and "Old-Time Religion," along with theatrical enactments of beloved stories from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain's semi-autobiographical travel memoir Roughing It and more. Sutton's portrayal follows years of research into the writer's life and works, including Twain's live performances that formed the roots of modern stand-up comedy. Learn More
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The "singing Janis" was wonderful - she looked and sounded like the real thing. The play was weak - but it was the music we came for. The "talking Janis" was too thin and her voice and accent were Holly Hunter, not Janis Joplin. The contrast was, unfortunately, magnified by the virtuoso performance of the singer. What a tour de force on her part.
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“Tweaking the ever-popular jukebox musical format, Love, Janis transforms the genre that, for the most part, has produced thinly veiled, glorified concerts into bona fide theater.” —_San Francisco Examiner _
“In a word, Love, Janis rocks. But it also captures the soul of the young woman who captured – and was captured – by the zeitgeist of an era.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“It puts you right in the center of Joplin’s power as an artist, and that’s really what her legacy is all about.” —Oakland Tribune
“Piece of My Heart”, “Try”, “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Ball and Chain” – Janis Joplin, the icon of 1960’s rock music, is brought back to life in both music and words. Love, Janis explores the performer not only through her legendary songs, but also in the poignant and honest letters she wrote home to her family.
The show begins as Janis is just starting out in the music industry, leaving her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, to travel to San Francisco. There the audience witnesses several of her career milestones: auditioning for and singing with Big Brother for the first time, getting a big break at the Monterey International Pop Festival and leaving the group to start her own band as a bona fide rock star. Along the way, audiences get a glimpse of Janis’ reactions to this journey in the stories she chooses to relay home to her family, seeing the girl who still wants her mother’s advice and is desperate for news from home, as well as the lonely life Janis faced performing on the road. And, ultimately, audiences witness the star’s decline: Janis’ excessive abuse of drugs and alcohol, her fight to stay true to herself despite her fame and her struggle to live up to the public persona associated with being Janis Joplin.
All of these events are told in Janis’ own words: the entire spoken text comes directly from her actual letters and her many press, radio and television interviews. These are intertwined with her legendary songs, resulting in a compelling portrait of an artist who just wanted to be remembered for her music…and her refusal to compromise.