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Q: How does it feel to return to The Playhouse stage? 
A: I am always excited and honored to work at The Pasadena Playhouse. I starred in my first Los Angeles production, Sisterella, here at The Playhouse. I am proud to say that A Night With Janis Joplin is my seventh. Every time I return I feel like I am home. The best thing about returning is that little has changed. The staff, the crew, the green room and The Friends of Pasadena are still here to welcome me back.
Fun Fact: Sisterella was produced in 1996 by the King of Pop, Micheal Jackson.
Q: Tell us about your journey becoming an American television, theatre, and film actress.
A: My journey started at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, as a vocal/performance major. Then I went off to New York where I was cast in the international company of Dreamgirls, which returned to Broadway. I then made my way to LA to pursue a recording career. After recording a song for a possible TV pilot, I decided to take acting lessons and pursue a TV and film career also. It’s been an amazing journey that continues to surprise me all the time. A lot of things I put in motion while other opportunities come from recommendations, right time right place, and always sheer determination. I would never have thought that I would be part of a rock ‘n’ roll show and look, here I am, having the time of my life.
Q: How was it performing on Broadway and Internationally in Dreamgirls?
A: I have been blessed to perform on Broadway twice: Dreamgirls directed by Michael Bennett and Play On directed by Sheldon Epps. I learned so much from both shows. Dreamgirls was my first musical and it was the perfect show for a first timer like me. It taught me many things, most importantly discipline and how to always be ready. Being on the Broadway stage is exhilarating. Knowing the history of Broadway and being a part of it, while being seen by people all over the world and getting to do what you love on the biggest platform in theatre, is amazing. I hope to return to Broadway again.



July 21 – August 16, 2015



Director and writer of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, Randy Johnson, took some time out from rehearsal to answer a few questions for us. 

1. How does it feel to return to directing here at The Pasadena Playhouse?

And welcome back! Being back at The Pasadena Playhouse is like being back at home. Sheldon Epps is one of my greatest advocates and one of my trusted advisors. Sheldon and The Playhouse have created and provided me with a safe and nurturing environment, in which to direct and create. I feel lucky to be part of The Playhouse family.

2. Tell us about your journey with Janis Joplin.

Clearly, my journey with Janis Joplin has been life changing. I set out to create something that would honor the legacy of someone who was one of my great influences. I came to not only respect and treasure the woman that is Janis Joplin, but also have a deep regard and affection for her brother, Michael and sister, Laura. The bond of support and trust that the four of us, (Janis included), forged in the creation of this musical is profound. That trust paved the way to share Janis’ story with the world. The success of my show has been a series of dreams coming true for so many. The rare combination of a theatre artists vision realized, getting the initial production mounted and then having it produced successfully across the country that led to my goal, let alone to every theatre artists goal of making it to Broadway. When I thougth things couldn’t get any better, I felt so blessed when finding out that the show I wrote and directed, creating a role, recieved a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. It is surreal and very real at the same time, and I am very grateful for that.

3. Is there a particular show that you could call your favorite (that you directed)?

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, of course – but all of them hold a special place for me as each show you direct leads you to the next great adventure.

4. What would you say to someone who wants to get into theatre?

If theatre is your dream, your ambition, your drive and you have no other choice to make but to live in the world of theatre, than you must go for it. Don’t do it to be famous, or to be rich or to win awards – do it because you simply have to. Living in the world of theatre is all about the work and nothing else. Dive deep into the imagination, join a theatre club, get into an acting school, take classes and see every piece of theatre and art that you can experience. Not just traditional fare – see everything that calls to your spirit. I highly encourage enrolling in a great school of theatre or repertory program and pursuing a degree. It will give you the foundation of discipline and awareness that will carry you through your life. A life in theatre is one of the greatest and most satisfying adventures one can pursue. Be an original, maintain your integrity, take risks, and never lose the wonder…

5. As a writer and director, what is one question that you never get tired of hearing?

What would you like to do next at our theatre?

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By Kristen Gunther

Music and Lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz

Directed by Sheldon Epps

A World Premiere Musical, Breaking Through is told through the eyes of a young, talented singer/songwriter as she tries to navigate the treacherous shark-filled waters of music business. She embarks on a compelling journey to find her way back to her authentic self and in the process rediscovers the music that truly makes her alive.

Tickets to BREAKING THROUGH are available as part of a 2015-2016 Season Package. Season Packages may be purchase online or by calling 626-356-7529.



This week’s Patron Spotlight features Joyce Tan, who has been a Pasadena Playhouse subscriber since 2014.

“I attended the Playhouse’s Afternoon tea on June 28th with five of my friends as well as my daughter who was visiting from NY. We all totally enjoyed the tea and meeting a couple of the actors and learning interesting facts of ” tea” from the very sweet lady owner of T-neer. I actually saw Waterfall during the first or second week in June and because I enjoyed it so much, I recommended my friends to go see it and ended up helping them get tickets. I want to commend you on the wonderful work and service you provide to our community in the San Gabriel Valley. I will try to support The Pasadena Playhouse as much as I can.”

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July 21 – August 16, 2015
“This electrifying concert musical resurrects the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” – Los Angeles Times
“Keeps the house rocking…with a throbbing fervor.” – The New York Times
The Tony Award-nominated A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Enjoy favorites like “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and more!
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This week’s Patron Spotlight features David Morrison, who has been a Pasadena Playhouse subscriber since 2013.

“My wife is Thai and we attended the musical, Waterfall, and enjoyed it very much. I work for City National Bank in our downtown office and travel to Thailand twice a year. We own a home just outside Bangkok. I applaud your efforts on behalf of the Thai community. I hope we can bring other cultural events to Los Angeles as I believe it shows a very beautiful side of Thai culture and people.”

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WATERFALL ends its amazing run this weekend! Don’t miss your chance to see this thought-provoking and drama-filled show. Haven’t seen WATERFALL yet? Great savings below!

“Be one of the first to see ‘Waterfall.’ You will be glad you did.” -Pasdena Star News

“A gloriously staged, gorgeously performed World Premiere production.” -Stage Scene LA

Waterfall is sumptuously breathtaking with an extraordinary director and ensemble.” -Broadway World

Book and Lyrics by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Miss Saigon)
Music by Academy Award winner David Shire
Co-Directed and Choreographed by Tony Award nominee Dan Knechtges
Directed by Tak Viravan

WATERFALL is an epic love story set in Bangkok and Tokyo between the turbulent years of 1933 and 1939, as a monarchy falls in Thailand and Japan is on the brink of war. A young Thai student falls in love with the American wife of a Thai diplomat, and the story of their forbidden love parallels history as the new democracy of Siam moves into the vortex of the increasingly anti-American Japan. With a gloriously romantic score, WATERFALL is a modern love story of timeless scale.

Front Orchestra/Mezzanine
(Regular Price = $77)
Use Code: SE45

Front Orchestra/Mezzanine
(Regular Price = $87)
Use Code: SE55

*Code SE45 is valid for $45 front orchestra/mezzanine tickets to the 7 p.m. performance on Sun., June 28. **Code SE55 is valid for $55 front orchestra/mezzanine tickets to all remaining weekend performances (Fri., Sat. & Sun. at 2 p.m.). Codes expire on Sun. June 28 . Excludes Row C and Hot Seats. All seats are best available. Offer not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other offer. All tickets are subject to availability. Service charges and theatre restoration fee apply to all orders.

WATERFALL tickets may be purchased online or by calling 626-356-7529.



Saturday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Before the 8:00 p.m. performance
The Engemann Family Courtyard at The Pasadena Playhouse
Free Admission

Enjoy an action-packed Muay Thai Demonstration…click here for more information on before-and-after-show activities.

From Seuua Daao and Kronphet Phetrachapat of
S&K Muay Thai Gym!

Join us for a special pre-show Muay Thai demonstration with Seuua Daao and Kronphet Phetrachapat of S&K Muay Thai Gym! Seuua hails from Great Britain. He has studied with Kru Yai John Steele and Grandmaster Sken Kaewpadung, and has trained extensively in Thailand. Kronphet “Diamond Hands” Phetrachapat hails from Mahasarakham, Thailand, and began his studies at age 11, competing for money to support his family. He has since competed at the top stadiums in Thailand, including the Lumpinee Rajadamnerm, Omnoi, and more. Together, Seuaa and Kronphet use their 40+ years of knowledge to teach and train around the world.



Afternoon Tea at The Playhouse, provided by T-Neer:

Sunday, June 28 at 12:30 p.m. Before the 2:00 p.m. performance
The Pasadena Playhouse’s Makineni Library
$20 Per Person (Space is limited to 40 guests)
Enjoy an exquisite Thai-and-Japanese-themed afternoon tea with select members of the cast and crew, from T –Neer’s founder Aruna Kumar.
The menu includes:

- Japanese Genmsaicha
- Thai Milk Te
- Green Earl Grey
- White Rose Tea

- Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches
- Tuna Seaweed Sandwiches
- Garden Ribbon
- Cucumber Sandwich

- Mango Sticky Rice

Advance purchase recommended: Click here or call (626) 356-7529.


Nid,-Tak,-BudThis week’s Patron Spotlight features Waraporn (Nid) Tiaprasith, Former President of the Thai Association of Southern California, Inc.

“WATERFALL is fascinating. It is an extra ordinary play, and one that I truly believe is a show for everyone to see!”


(L-R) Waraporn Tiaprasith, Tak Viravan, Mr. Jesda Katavetin, Nuttavut Chanprasit.