Broadway’s Critically-Acclaimed Musical
Tour Begins February 9, 2016 at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto
Features Tony Award-nominated actress Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin
CINCINNATI, OH – The critically-acclaimed Broadway musical, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, will take the stage at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 PM. Conceived, written, and directed by Randy Johnson, the rock musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans. The much-anticipated show is part of CAA’S 2015-16 Season, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Aronoff Center.
The show is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Joplin to become one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Audiences will enjoy Joplin’s favorites, including “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” among many others.
The New York Times raved that A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.” New York 1 cheered, “This will rock your socks off!”
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN features Mary Bridget Davies in the starring role. Upon gaining local acclaim for her work in various rock bands, Cleveland native Davies was asked to sit in with Big Brother & The Holding Company (Joplin’s original band, with whom she would later tour), as well as legendary blues guitarist Robert Lockwood Jr. Davies received a Tony® nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical” when A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN debuted on Broadway in 2013.
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN’s 2016 North American Tour will play 34 cities across the U.S. and Canada for a total of 70 shows, kicking off February 9, 2016 in Toronto. The tour is presented by Iconic Entertainment Studios in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich. A Night With Janis Joplin is presented in further association with The Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc.
Iconic Entertainment Studios
Iconic Entertainment Studios is a diversified live entertainment company that specializes in the production and promotion of live arena spectacles, global concert tours, theatrical performances, and touring exhibitions. Created by legendary live events producer Michael Cohl, the company’s recent productions include: An Evening with Oprah, Barbra Streisand, David Gilmour, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Transformers Live! The Marvel Experience, Rock of Ages, An Evening with Al Pacino, A Night with Janis Joplin, Super Why!, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Alvin and The Chipmunks, and many more. Credited with developing the concept of package touring in 1989, Cohl has over forty years of high-level expertise in the entertainment industry with clients such as The Rolling Stones, U2, and Pink Floyd. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame when he received a Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2002 Juno Awards. Cohl is also a recipient of the 2004 Billboard Legend of Live award, and was inducted in Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2005. He and his shows have won over thirty-five entertainment industry awards including a Tony, five Olivier Awards, and multiple Emmys. For additional information, visit www.s2bnentertainment.com.
About T & D Productions
T&D Productions is an integrated entertainment production and marketing company founded by industry veterans Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich, who have collaborated on numerous music, theater, and sports initiatives. Chilewich and Gershwin co-produced numerous theatrical and live concert events, including the Broadway hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin, the upcoming Barry Manilow musical Harmony, the national tour of ‘S Wonderful – The New Gershwin Musical, Over the Rainbow – The Music of Harold Arlen, a multimedia concert celebration, the national tour of the critically-acclaimed Gershwin multimedia symphonic concert, Here To Stay – The Gershwin Experience, Born For This: The BeBe Winans Musical, and the national tour of the Tony Award-winning show Blast. They also produced a number of recorded media projects including the Broadway cast album of A Night With Janis Joplin with famed music producer Russ Titelman and an all-star recording project with the late legendary music producer Phil Ramone, featuring top recording artists performing Gershwin compositions.
Daniel Chilewich is a music, theater, and entertainment executive and licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey, with extensive experience in live event and theatrical production, music publishing, royalty audits, and management of musical estates. He has spent extensive time abroad developing joint ventures with Fortune 500 companies, including Europe, China, and the former Soviet Union. He currently represents an array of clients including music catalog owners and film and theater producers.
Todd Gershwin is an entertainment executive with a diverse background in theater, sports marketing, television, and live events. Todd’s music experience includes serving as a manager, owner, and trustee of the George Gershwin music business. Todd’s sports marketing clients have included Pepsi, Nike, Reebok, the Big East Conference, St. John’s University, Life Time Fitness, TIAA-CREF, and Oracle.
Cincinnati Arts Association
Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of two of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.4 million students.
Cincinnati Arts Association SPONSORS
- Season Sponsors: AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), FURNITURE FAIR, LOCAL12 WKRC, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
- A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN performance SPONSORS: Macy’s, TriHealth, Wells Fargo Insurance
- SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS: Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Heidelberg Distributing Company, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Garfield Suites Hotel, Macy’s, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, Ultimate Air Shuttle, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.