If you liked ZACH’s production of Love, Janis, you will LOVE the all-new musical One Night With Janis Joplin, which had its World Premiere in 2011 and is making its Texas Premiere this summer at ZACH.
The new show blends Janis’ music and life with the music of the blues and soul singers that inspired her accompanied by a live 8-piece band of Austin musicians. This is a new, never-seen-before production in Austin, making its Texas Premiere at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre prior to its just-announced bow on Broadway!
In the grand tradition of ZACH, Austin audiences will have a rare opportunity to see One Night with Janis Joplin prior to the show’s opening in September at the Lyceum Theatre on New York’s Great White Way.
When Randy Johnson – who created, wrote and directs the new musical stage production One Night with Janis Joplin – first started toying with the idea of musical based on the life of the iconic singer, he immersed himself in the culture of Janis Joplin with the help of her siblings, Michael Joplin and Laura Joplin. At 3 a.m., one week after he had spent time with the Joplin family, he was hit with the realization that this new production should simply be One Night with Janis Joplin – a night where Janis could share her music, truths, influences, art, philosophy and spirit.
That experience will light up Broadway this fall when One Night with Janis Joplin premieres. But Austin audiences will have a chance to share the night with Janis themselves as she rocks the Topfer Theatre from July 10th through August 18th.
Singer and actress Kacee Clanton – who toured as the lead singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company, Joplin’s original band – takes the stage in ZACH Theatre’s production as the iconic title singer. This brand-new production also spotlights the other singers that were influential in Joplin’s life – including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone – all brought to life by ZACH favorite Tiffany Mann (Ragtime, Hairspray, Rockin’ Christmas Party). In addition to a live band on-stage led by Musical Director Allen Robertson, ZACH powerhouses Felicia Dinwiddie (Ragtime, Beehive, Dreamgirls) and Tricky Jones (The Drowsy Chaperone, Porgy & Bess, Hair, Crowns) join award-winning Austin singer Cari Hutson to round out the cast.
ZACH’s production is a co-production with San Jose Repertory Theatre and the entire show will transfer to San Jose, CA, this September. Several nights of the ZACH Theatre performances are already sold out in advance of opening night.
The Austin performances of One Night with Janis Joplin will run for six weeks only, July 10th through August 18th, on Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. For tickets, call (512) 476-0541, x1, or click here.