How was your experience?
Amazing, outrageous music. The first act was wonderful; the second act was disappointing. The first act gave us background, history in regard to her inspiration and life amidst the music. The second needs a serious rewrite. I realize this was placed in a concert setting, but the second act was repetitive, disjointed, and lacked pathos. It glossed over why and how she died, her personal and professional relationships, she never really appeared drunk on stage, a big part of her stage presence and showed her downfall. Unlike the Dee Dee Bridgewater show on Billie Holiday, we didn't see her de-construct, This was a cautionary tail but if you didn't know or live parallel to that time in her life, you wouldn't get it since there were so many gaps. I realized that this was sanctioned by her family, so perhaps they didn't want to do into the sad and gritty details but it was lacking of emotion due to this. I wanted to leave the theatre crying and smiling. The set was cool, I loved the lamps with shades as theatrical lighting. All the singers were extraordinary and the band was perfect. I met the writer at a presentation at the Dramatists Bookshop. I wish I would have seen this before so I could share with him my thoughts. See the film, The Rose, which was based on Janis' life without saying so directly, for a deeper look into what women had to deal with in those years as performers and what substance abuse can sadly do.