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ARETHA FRANKLIN, NINA SIMONE AND OTHERS PORTRAYED IN ‘A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN’ – EurWeb.com

Jul 28, 15 by By DeBorah B. Pryor Leave a comment

Night with Janis Joplin.Mary Bridget Davies (center) stars as iconic blues singer, Janis Joplin, in Pasadena Playhouse production. Photo: Joan Marcus.

*Don’t get it twisted. The Tony nominated “A Night With Janis Joplin” currently playing at the Pasadena Playhouse, definitely includes her besties; the iconic African American women who nudged her along and inspired (in her own words): “a white girl to sing the blues.”

With mentors like Odetta, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Bessie Smith and Nina Simone, all portrayed in the production, its no small wonder Janis Joplin became known for her ability to reach down deep and find the soul of a song, then make it all her own…

REVIEW: SPEND ‘A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN’ AT THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – AroundTownPasadena.com

If your heart jumps when you hear songs like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart,” and if you can recognize the voice of the great Janis Joplin by the first note, then the musical now performing at the Pasadena Playhouse is for you…

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LISTEN: MARY BRIDGET DAVIES TALKS ‘A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN’ AT THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – KEarth101.CBSLocal.com

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Mary Bridget Davies, star of A Night with Janis Joplin, stopped by to talk about the show now playing at The Pasadena Playhouse through August 23rd…

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ESSENTIAL ARTS AND CULTURE…ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF HER…LARYNX – LATimes.com

I’m Kelly Scott, arts and culture editor of the Los Angeles Times, and and here is what our writers and critics explored over the last week:

Another little piece of her … larynx

Mary Bridget Davies has drawn raves for her all-out performance as the late blues-rock singer Janis Joplin wherever “A Night With Janis Joplin,” now back at the Pasadena Playhouse, has played…


Kacee Clanton, left, and Mary Bridget Davies portray the singer in the play “A Night With Janis Joplin.” (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times).

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REVIEW: JANIS JOPLIN COMES ALIVE AT PASADENA PLAYHOUSE – DonloesLowdown.blogspot.com

Friday, July 24, 2015


Mary Bridget Davies & Company. Photo: Joan Marcus

By Darlene Donloe

It was a ‘happening’ at the Pasadena Playhouse as an appreciative crowd, filled with music fans many of whom were dressed in 1960s garb, came to witness the magic of the musical A Night With Janis Joplin, playing through August 16…

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REVIEW: MARY BRIDGET DAVIES’ JOPLIN STUNNING, SULTRY AND TRANSFIXING – PasadenaIndependent.com

July 24th, 2015 by Pasadena Independent

A Night with Janis Joplin

By Terry Miller
On Wednesday evening, a few hundred Janis Joplin fans, fanatics and music lovers (as well as some celebrities like Mike Tyson) popped-in for the opening press night of Pasadena Playhouse’s latest offering…the truly amazing…A Night with Janis Joplin…

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REVIEW: PASADENA PLAYHOUSE’S ‘A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN’ IS A MUSICAL TREAT – SGVTribune.com

Mary Bridget Davies and company in “A Night with Janis Joplin,” now at Pasadena Playhouse. Photo by Joan Marcus.
From left, Yvette Cason, Jenelle Lynn Randall, Sylvia MacCalla and Sharon Catherine Brown in “A Night with Janis Joplin,” now at Pasadena Playhouse. Photo by Earl Gibson III.

A Night with Janis Joplin

Rating: 3 stars

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 16.

Where: Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave.

Tickets: $45-$150.

Information: 626-356-7529, www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.

Just a little more than two years ago, a tribute to the woman dubbed “Queen of Rock” first appeared at the Pasadena Playhouse…

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THEATRE/MUSIC REVIEW: ‘A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN’ – ItsNotAboutMe.TV

THEATRE/MUSIC: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN

When I originally reviewed A Night With Janis Joplin two years ago, in the show’s previous run at the Pasadena Playhouse, I declared that star Mary Bridget Davies deserved an Ovation award for her star-making role. Well, she did much better than that; she received a Tony nomination for it!

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Q & A WITH JOPLINAIRE, YVETTE CASON

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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.

ROUGH AND READY – PasadenaWeekly.com

Rough and Ready

Rough and Ready

Kacee Clanton finds she needs to be in top form to play the iconic Janis Joplin

By Rebecca Kuzins 07/23/2015

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Janis Joplin sang with a raw honesty that can never be imitated — and nobody knows that better than the two singers who portray the 1960s rock and roll icon in “A Night With Janis Joplin.”  The play, which features the music of Joplin as well as her musical influences — Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith — returned to the Pasadena Playhouse this week, two years after it was featured at the Playhouse…

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