Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Night With Janis Joplin - For Broadway or Concert Hall?

This afternoon Karen and I went to see A Night with Janis Joplin at the Lyceum Theater.  Whenever a "jukebox musical" opens I like to see it shortly after its release since many of them fail.  Twyla Tharp's The Times They are a Changin' was the biggest flop while the Jersey Boys has succeeded on the Great White Way for years.

I enjoyed the show as Alison Cusano (the understudy) did an excellent job of belting out the Janis Joplin song book.Mary Bridget Davies the advertised Janis had the afternoon off.  The Janis character gave some biographical information to the audience, but there was absolutely no story line.  There were appearances by actresses portraying Chantel, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Odetta, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear a version of Dylan's I Shall Be Released.

My question is should Broadway theaters be concert halls? There are many tribute bands out there who play in concert venues rather the Broadway stage.

Review in the New York Times.

No comments:

Personal-Journals blog