Mary Bridget Davies Is Janis Joplin – Saturday Night on BroadwayHD

Janis Joplin Trailer from BroadwayHD on Vimeo.

There are very few distinctive voices in rock music but there can be little doubt that Janis Joplin might well be at the top of that list.  Her voice was a rare combination of high, as well as husky, earthy, but oh my was it explosive and when she was live in concert, she not only owned the room, she owned the building.

Saturday night January 19, 2019 BroadwayHD will debut the high energy outstanding hit musical “A Night with Janis Joplin.” Playing the title role is Mary Bridget Davies who IS Janis Joplin and her outstanding performance in the production earned her a well-deserved Tony nomination.

Listen to “Our guest is Tony-nominated actress Mary Bridget Davies, who is Janis Joplin.” Stream On with Jim Williams

On this week’s edition of Stream On with Jim Williams, we talk with the team that founded BroadwayHD Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley as well as the talented Ms. Davies.

We talk in detail about the show and of course how Davies was able to channel Joplin and give an epic performance that is a “Must see,” for anyone who loves music. Joplin was only 27 years old when she died of a drug overdose a little over three years after she became a star.

Davies as Joplin weaves stories about family and life, but the most interesting and one of the most entertaining part of the show is how Janis openly talks about the black singers who influenced her and her songs.

We hear from Bessie Smith (Taprena Michelle Augustine), Etta James (Nikki Kimbrough), Aretha Franklin (Allison Blackwell), Nina Simone and Odetta (De’Adre Aziza). The ensemble cast rocks the house by each giving epic solos of their own.

But Davies really steels the show with her killer performances of Joplin songs, “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball and Chain,” “Down on Me,” “Summertime,” to name a few — are lusty and undeniably crowd-pleasing.  They have a distinctive rock-concert feel that will have you heading to iTunes or Amazon to buy every Joplin album ever made.

Let me be clear there is no question you need to see “A Night with Janis Joplin,” and it was captured brilliantly by the BroadwayHD production team led by Lane and Comley.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.