The spirit of Janis Joplin is alive and well after A Night With Janis Joplin opened this week at the Lyceum Theatre in New York.
A Night With Janis Joplin is produced on Broadway with the cooperation of the late singer's estate. It was written and directed by Randy Johnson, and stars singer Mary Bridgit Davies as Joplin.
So far, reviews of the musical have been mixed. The New York Times wrote that Davies' "positively uncanny vocal impersonation of Joplin keeps the house rocking for much of the show's running time," while the Hollywood Reporter called the show "a sanitized concert tribute" that "continues the transformation of Broadway into one giant industrial Baby Boomer karaoke machine."
Entertainment Weekly gave the production a 'C' grade, writing that the "musical doesn't give Davies much to work with other than her phenomenal voice."
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