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 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 music...so this should have been a slam-dunk, but it was not. The production was badly planned, casting was atrocious, the actors just did not bring Janis to this at all. The two actors who played Janis had such huge physical dissimilarities, that I kept asking myself if there was a reason for this...Janis was portrayed by a very thin actor who was the 'letter writer' and a large actor who portrayed the singer. I am not a 'size monitor' and love to see size diversity in dancers, etc. in musical casts, but this really distracted. The casting director should have tried to come up with someone to play Janis who was the same general appearance or who could have been at least made up to be so. Also, I found a lack of care and concern for costumes. This could have been an area where the costumer could have had a great time having fun with this, but it was so ordinary and not at all reflective of the time period. I did not like this, can you tell? We left during the intermission.
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.
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