By Adobe Staff
The rock stage musical "Love, Janis," described as "a hauntingly
intimate portrayal of one of America's most celebrated rock 'n' roll
icons," will be brought to the Central Coast by Cal Poly Arts.
Performances of the musical about the legendary Janis Joplin are set
for 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19, in the Spanos
Theatre on campus. The production is recommended for those age 15 and older.
"Love, Janis" goes behind the music to offer a glimpse of the soul of
a legend through the letters she wrote home as well as the songs she
made famous, said a spokesman for Cal Poly Arts.
The musical was conceived, adapted and directed by Randal Myler ("It
Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," "Hank Williams: Lost Highway") and
inspired by the best-selling book of the same name by Laura Joplin.
It paints a portrait of the performer who defied traditional musical
definitions as well as and the sensitive, intelligent person
remembered by family and friends, the spokesman said.
From her meteoric rise to fame in the '60s to her tragic death in
1970, Joplin's story is told in her own words.
The entire spoken text comes directly from Joplin's actual letters
and her many print, radio and television interviews.
The poignant insights are intertwined with performances of her smash
hit classics, including "Piece of My Heart," "Get It While You Can,"
"Me and Bobby McGee," "Ball and Chain" and "Mercedes-Benz."
Music direction is provided by Sam Andrew, a founding member of Big
Brother and the Holding Company, the band with which Joplin was
discovered at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
Two actresses share the role of Joplin, one belting out renditions of
Joplin's hits and the other portraying the private Joplin.
General public tickets are $42 and $48 and may be purchased at the
Performing Arts Ticket Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information about the show, visit www.lovejanisthemusical.com.