Venue Details

224 Star Starred
Saban Theatre
8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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Adriana Ruiz
Go early to find parking; nearby underground parking sells out fast
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Reviews & Ratings

175 ratings
4.2 average rating
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26 reviews
15 stars
attended Jun 01 2008

The play itself was not badly written, however (and that's a huge however!) the production was so bad. I love theatre, I love Janis Joplin, and I love this... continued

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 01 2008

The music was great but the letters in between were kind of boring. Didn't learn as much of Janis as we should have. More of a musical tribute than anything else. I... continued

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385 reviews
62 stars
attended May 29 2008

What a waste of my time. I think you have to be a real Janis Joplin fan to enjoy this one. Couldn't quite keep up with the story.

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Quotes & Highlights

“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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Saban Theatre Beverly Hills

Formerly Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills.