‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ lands in San Jose, Santa Rosa

Northern California music fans can spend “A Night With Janis Joplin” (actually, two nights) next week.

The Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical created by Randy Johnson presents a night of music and storytelling that celebrates the Bay Area rock music icon as well as the artists she considered primary influences — Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.

The show debuted on Broadway in 2013 to largely positive reviews (especially the musical component), including from Variety, which dubbed it “electrifying.” It’s set during a 1970 Joplin concert shortly before her death from a drug overdose.

Now the show is being revived for a national tour. And perhaps the best news is that the terrific Tony-nominated singer Mary Bridget Davies is reprising her role as Joplin.

The tour comes to Santa Rosa and San Jose.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa; $45-$59; lutherburbankcenter.org; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose; $45-$75; sanjosetheaters.org.

Source: mercurynews
‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ lands in San Jose, Santa Rosa