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Broadway musical concert celebrates queen of rock ’n’ roll

Jan 24, 2018

Experience “A Night with Janis Joplin,” an electrifying Tony-nominated Broadway hit concert musical journey that resurrects the queen of rock ’n’ roll and celebrates the inspirations of one of rock music’s greatest legends at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for Performing Arts.

This Artist Series performance is rescheduled from Oct. 4.

Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock ’n’ roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes-Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” this show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences — icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.

“This national touring Broadway concert comes to the Sondheim with significant fanfare from across the country,” said Rustin Lippincott, executive director of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. “‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ is a musical that’s staged like a rock concert that you never want to end. Janis Joplin performed the music that defined a generation.”

“A Night with Janis Joplin” was created, written and directed by Randy Johnson, who said, “That voice — high, husky, earthy, explosive — remains among the most distinctive and galvanizing in pop history. But Janis Joplin didn’t merely possess a great instrument; she threw herself into every syllable, testifying from the very core of her being. She claimed the blues, soul, gospel, country and rock with unquestionable authority and verve, fearlessly inhabiting psychedelic guitar jams, back-porch roots and everything in between.”

Joplin, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and posthumously given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, left audiences stunned and speechless with her volcanic voice. Her sexual magnetism, world-wise demeanor and flamboyant style shattered every stereotype about female artists — and essentially invented the rock mama paradigm.

“California drew her back to its glittering embrace in 1966, when she joined the Haight-based psychedelic-rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company,” said Johnson “Her adoption of a wild sartorial style — with granny glasses, frizzed-out hair and extravagant attire that winked, hippie-style, at the burlesque era — further spiked her burgeoning reputation. And from there, the rest is history.”

In the years since her death, Joplin’s recordings and filmed performances have cemented her status as an icon, inspiring countless imitators and musical devotees. Myriad hit collections, live anthologies, various commercials and a hit Broadway show have kept her legend alive.

Tickets are $49 for Zone 1, $44 for Zone 2, and $39 for Zone 3 and $24 for Zone 4 and $10 for youth tickets.

Contact the ticket office, 472-2787 or www.FairfieldACC.com.

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Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Jan 28, 2018 15:28
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