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Gutenberg! The Musical!  •  Assassins  •  The Mountaintop  •  Blues in the Night  •  The Diary of Anne Frank •  A Christmas Carol  •  Sense and Sensibility
Mind Over Milwaukee  •  How The World Began  •  Rep Lab  •  Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash  •  Clybourne Park  •  A Raisin In the Sun  •  One Night With Janis Joplin

One Night with Janis Joplin

“Exhilarating… Remarkable… A joyful ruckus.”

The Washington Post

MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER
in association with ONE NIGHT PRODUCTIONS, LLC,
THE ESTATE OF JANIS JOPLIN and JEFF JAMPOL OF JAM, INC., presents

ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
Created, Written and Directed by Randy Johnson
May 3 – June 2, 2013
Quadracci Powerhouse

With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, proving music wasn’t just a man’s world anymore. Packed with classic songs (“Piece Of My Heart", “Summertime,” “Mercedes Benz”), the show also shines the spotlight on trailblazers who influenced Janis – like Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Now, in a new musical event featuring more than a dozen singers and band members, playwright-director Randy Johnson creates “a compelling portrait of an artist” (Culturemob) through the words, inspiration and music of one of America’s greatest rock ’n’ roll originals.

» “If you never got the chance to see Joplin live…
    this feels as close as you're going to get.”

   – Oregonian

» “Exhilarating… Remarkable… A joyful ruckus.”
   – The Washington Post

» “A feel good, fist-pumping, must-see concert.”
   – Cleveland Plain Dealer

» “Come to this show… it’ll knock your socks off.”
   – Showbiz Radio

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“In these days where fame is instant and true musicianship rare, the word ‘artist’ is an often-misused statement. As we are held hostage to a manufactured pop culture on a daily basis, I feel we must constantly revisit our cultural history and explore the authentic forces that have shaped the landscape of our lives. One of those authentic forces for me is Janis Joplin. Her fame was earned – her following grew as she grew – people were drawn to her and she was drawn to them.

Janis is a true artist without contrivance or artifice. People like to say ‘ahead of her time.’ I happen to believe she was right on time. This isn’t just Janis’ story: it’s all of our stories, in one way or another. We all touch and inform each other as we travel this life. The world is a better place because Janis was here for a moment and I trust that you will take away with you a piece of her heart, her spirit and her wisdom.”

— Randy Johnson, playwright/director


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Mary Bridget Davies

Mary Bridget Davies (Janis Joplin) – Mary Bridget Davies starred as Janis Joplin in the national tour of Love, Janis; was awarded Best Actress by the Cleveland Critic’s Circle for One Night with Janis Joplin. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical by Broadway World for One Night with Janis Joplin. Other favorites include the Broadway show It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and being a member of Something Dada Improvisational Comedy Co. Davies has received numerous awards for her voice and band, most recently her new album has been nominated for a 2013 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. For more information, please visit marybridgetdavies.com.  -Top-

 
Sabrina Elayne Carten

Sabrina Elayne Carten (Blues Singer) – Sabrina Elayne Carten began her career with Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra as the Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess, and has performed the opera at notable opera houses around the world. Her portrayal of Maria in Porgy and Bess is considered one of the best. She played Tituba in The Crucible at Chautauqua Opera and Mobile Opera. She understudied and performed Queenie in Hal Prince’s Show Boat on the first national tour across the U.S. and Canada. She recently appeared with Mike Tyson in Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. She is a member of The American Spiritual Ensemble. Having performed in the Portland Center Stage world premiere, she is excited to reprise the Blues Singer in One Night With Janis Joplin.   -Top-

 
Alison Cusano

Alison Cusano, (Joplinaire/Janis Alternate) – Alison Cusano is psyched to be back, rockin’ out with the One Night With Janis Joplin family. Regional theater credits include: One Night With Janis Joplin (Janis Alternate) at Arena Stage and Cleveland Play House; Factory Girls at Goodspeed Musicals; The Full Monty; Hello Dolly at Ogunquit Playhouse and Hair (Sheila) at Cohoes Music Hall. Other credits: Tommy (Mrs. Walker) and Factory Girls at Joe’s Pub NYC. BFA Musical Theatre from The Hartt School. Love to friends and family for their continuous support.   -Top-

 
Shay Saint-Victor

Shay Saint-Victor, (Joplinaire/Back-up Singer) – Shay Saint-Victor is honored to join the cast of One Night With Janis Joplin. Recently she toured singing gospel with the Change Experience. Theater credits include Freeda in Freeda Peoples (Billie Holiday Theatre) and Angel in A Garfield Christmas (tour). Televison credits include: All My Children. A singer/songwriter and native Detroiter, she is also a graduate of Purchase College, SUNY with a BFA in Theatre.   -Top-

 
Kimberly Yarbrough

Kimberly Yarbrough, (Joplinaire/Back-up Singer) – A veteran actress originally from Memphis, TN, Kim Yarbrough captivated TV audiences the world over during Season Two of NBC’s The Voice. She has been a native Angeleno since 2000, enjoying a dream career performing alongside icons such as Dennis Quaid, Danny DeVito, Loretta Devine, Jim Belushi, Katey Sagal, Kenny Loggins, Tyler Perry, Della Reese and Stevie Wonder. Major TV credits include: Southland, 2 Broke Girls, Vegas, Bones, and recurring appearances on Dexter and Conan. Kim’s vocals are regularly featured on the hit FX show, Sons of Anarchy. Major stage credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Once on This Island, the original cast of Nuncrackers and The Women of Brewster Place, for which she won an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award and an NAACP Theater Nomination for Best Lead Actress.   -Top-

 
Ross Seligan

Ross Seligman, (Music Supervisor/Guitar) – Ross Seligman returns to One Night With Janis Joplin after performing in the show at Portland Center Stage (world premiere), Cleveland Play House, Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and Pasadena Playhouse. Regional theater credits include Portland Center Stage productions of Bat Boy: The Musical, The Fantasticks, West Side Story, Cabaret and It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues; with Broadway Rose Theatre Company: Jekyll & Hyde, They’re Playing Our Song and Chicago; with Artists Repertory Theatre, Susannah Mars’ Mars on Life. In addition to music directing and composing music for national commercials, Ross Seligman has just released his new record, Run with Me, with symphonic rock group Echo Helstrom. Run with Me is available on iTunes, Spotify and everywhere else online. He currently lives in New York City.   -Top-

 

Blair Bielawski, (Saxophone) – Blair Bielawski has an extensive and varied background in education and performance. He holds a BA in Music Education from Carroll University (Waukesha, WI, 1981) and an MA from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, 1984). He taught for 12 years at a variety of grade levels. Blair is currently an author and part of the advisory group for Lorenz Educational Press as well as an author and composer for Heritage Music Press. Before joining Lorenz, he was a member of the Hal Leonard Corporation’s editorial and arranging staff for 17 years, working on all aspects of the music catalog.   -Top-

 

Tyler Evans, (Keyboard) – Tyler Evans is thrilled to return to One Night With Janis Joplin after its debut at Portland Center Stage and success at Cleveland Play House, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and Pasadena Playhouse. He has music-directed and performed in various Portland productions including Spring Awakening (Live on Stage); West Side Story, Cabaret, Sunset Boulevard, Oklahoma! (Portland Center Stage) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway Rose Theatre Company). He is a Washington State University Master’s alum.   -Top-

 

Stephen Flakus, (Guitar) – Stephen is just even more jazzed than before about returning to the stage with One Night With Janis Joplin. Having been with the production since Portland, he is eternally grateful to have the opportunity to continue with such a fun, magical production. A native of Oregon, Stephen grew up in Jacksonville, FL, where he attended the University of North Florida and earned a BA in Classical Guitar. Recent credits include One Night With Janis Joplin at Cleveland Play House, Arena Stage and Pasadena Playhouse; Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim) at Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Portland, OR. Stephen lives in Portland where he gigs, teaches and records with his band the Someday Tricycle. He would like to thank Randy Johnson, Dan Chilewich, Todd Gershwin and, of course, the Joplin family for providing the chance to recreate such an amazing experience every night.  -Top-

 

Greg Gargia, (Trumpet) – Greg attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studied with Wayne Cook and Dennis Najoom and was a member of the Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble and was lead trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble. Greg has been teaching at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music since 1996, where he maintains a studio of about 30 private students. Greg is also a member of the faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the bands Hot Sauce (Rock, Funk, R&B), D’Calleson (Salsa) and The Groove Hogs, a blues band with whom he has performed all across the U.S. and recorded the CD Blue Rhythms, White Lies. Greg has been the featured soloist with several local youth orchestras and bands. In addition, Greg has written and performed music for a number of television and radio commercials.   -Top-

 

Patrick Harry, (Bass) – Patrick Harry was the bassist for One Night With Janis Joplin at Portland Center Stage’s 2011 world premiere. Earlier this year, he performed in the Las Vegas debut of SPI Entertainment’s Mike Tyson – Undisputed Truth. Most of Harry’s work is as a freelance bassist in Portland, OR. Portland credits include The Wild Party, Eating Raoul and Spring Awakening (Live On Stage); Annie, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Richard Scarry’s BusyTown (Northwest Children’s Theater); ’69 , The Sexual Revolution (Triangle Productions); Always . . . Patsy Cline, The Winter Wonderettes and The King and I (Broadway Rose Theater); Beauty and The Beast, (Pixie Dust Productions) and numerous other local shows.  -Top-

 

Brett Murphey, (Trumpet) – Brett is the lead trumpet player for the All-Star SUPERband, with whom he has been playing since early 2000. He is originally from Des Moines, IA and earned his BM and MM in Studio Music and Jazz/Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Miami in 1984. For five years, he studied trumpet with Gilbert Johnson, who was the principal trumpet in the Philadelphia Orchestra for 25 years. Brett has recorded, toured and/or performed with Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band and Dionne Warwick, among many others. He has also played lead trumpet for over 45 different touring Broadway productions including The King and I, The Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, Cabaret, Nine and Oklahoma. Brett can be heard on many albums, including Barbara Streisand’s Guilty, Dionne Warwick’s Heartbreaker and The Bee Gees’ Living Eyes.

 

Mitch Wilson, (Drums) – Mitch Wilson is pumped to be back with the crew – it was just about a year ago that One Night With Janis Joplin debuted at Portland Center Stage. A drummer and singer/songwriter, Wilson currently lives in Los Angeles where he’s worked with The Pretty Reckless, featuring Taylor Momsen; Bernard “Pretty” Purdie; Adam Holtzman; David Sonnenberg and Senri Oe among others. Drumming in orchestras, Wilson’s theater resume includes White Christmas, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Grease. Most recently, he has been drummer for the Mike Tyson – Undisputed Truth one-man show, as well as for The Hugs rock band. Wilson currently plays with Kid Confidence.   -Top-   -Top-

 

The Creative Team

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson (Creator/Playwright/Director) – Randy Johnson is a graduate of the USC School of Theatre in Los Angeles. Theater credits include the West Coast premiere of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Kathy Bates; original producer of Always. . .Patsy Cline; writer and director of The Wildest!!!; and writer, director and choreographer of Conway Twitty: The Man, The Music, The Legend. Randy also co-conceived and directed Elvis: The Concert, which reunited Elvis’ original band, singers and musical director in a virtual interactive concert featuring Elvis. Other directing work includes: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Classics hosted by Dick Clark (via video); Michael Bolton’s world tour, Bolton Swings Sinatra; Audrey Hepburn in The Diary of Anne Frank for UNICEF; Katharine Hepburn in a PBS documentary on the life of Jimmy Stewart; and Carly Simon in Carly Simon – A Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary 2, as well as her return to the concert stage at The Apollo Theater in 2007. At the Savoy Theatre, Randy directed and staged Songs My Mother Taught Me starring Lorna Luft. Randy also conceived and directed main stage productions aboard two ships on Celebrity Cruise Lines; directed and choreographed Paige O’Hara’s nightclub act; staged and directed Tammy Wynette’s final tour; and directed and co-produced Commitment to Life, which raised over 35 million dollars for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Randy also directed the grand opening of Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure, for executive producer Steven Spielberg. Other notable directing projects include: former President Ronald Reagan’s 80th birthday celebration; the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations; Tennessee’s bicentennial celebration, hosted by former Vice President Al Gore; the California Governor’s Awards for the Arts; and Horizons, the grand opening of GM Place in Vancouver, Canada. Randy is a recipient of a Crystal Apple Award for his work with Aids Project Los Angeles, was named Volunteer of the Year for his work with L.A. Shanti and was awarded two ISES Spirit of Excellence Awards for Horizons. Randy’s autobiography, Adventures in the Hotel Crazy, will be published in the fall of 2013. www.randyjohnson1.com

 

Justin Townsend, Scenic and Lighting Designer – Justin Townsend designed lighting for Cleveland Play House’s 2009 world premiere production of Heaven’s My Destination. On Broadway he designed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other New York City design work includes Galileo and Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company); The Other Place (Manhattan Class Company); Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons); On The Levee (Lincoln Center Theatre’s LCT3); Opus (Primary Stages); Speech and Debate, (Roundabout Theatre Company); and Beauty on the Vine and Palace of the End (Epic Theatre Ensemble). Regional theater credits include Alliance Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Arden Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Folger Shakespeare, Hartford Stage, Center Theatre Group, Intiman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Playmakers and Portland Center Stage. He is an assistant professor at Northeastern University and has been nominated for numerous awards for his work such as Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortelle, Henry Hewes, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton and Independent Reviewers of New England. Please visit www.justintownsend.com.   -Top-

 

Jeff Cone, Costume Designer – Jeff Cone has been designing costumes for more than 30 years. He worked at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre for 12 seasons, followed by a five-year stint at Seattle Opera. For the last 15 years, he has been in Portland, OR, at Portland Center Stage. In that time, he has designed costumes for 52 productions. Of those shows, 31 have been in the last five seasons at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars – and of course, One Night With Janis Joplin. Cone received Drammy Awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde and Act a Lady. In addition to his resident costume designer duties, he is happy to manage the costume shop at Portland Center Stage.   -Top-

 

Carl Casella, (Sound Designer) – In a career that spans more than 30 years, Carl Casella has worked as an audio designer, engineer and producer in some of New York’s busiest recording studios and live venues. His true passion, however, is designing original musicals. He is a member of Sound Associates, Inc. Carl’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: One Night With Janis Joplin; My Fair Lady; Triassic Parq; Relatively Speaking; Baby It’s You!; The City Club; Silence! The Musical; The Story of My Life; Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Musical; American Buffalo; A Tale of Two Cities; Xanadu; A Moon for the Misbegotten; My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! ; Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash; Sly Fox; Little Shop of Horrors; A Raisin in the Sun; Sexaholix . . . A Love Story; Adult Entertainment: A Play. “Love to my family: Karen, Andy, Chelsea and Kylie.”   -Top-

 

Darrel Maloney, (Projection and Video Designer) – Darrel Maloney has designed for broadcast, commercials, concerts, film and theater. His projection and video designs for Broadway include Green Day’s American Idiot The Musical (St. James Theatre) and Everyday Rapture (Roundabout Theatre Company). Other projection designs include: The Elephant Man (Minnesota Opera); Hughie (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Checkers (Vineyard Theatre); Golden Child (Signature Theatre Company); Allegiance – A New American Musical (Old Globe); Surf: The Musical (Las Vegas); Karen O’s Stop the Virgens (Sydney Opera House); In Masks Outrageous and Austere (Culture Project); Tokio Confidential (Atlantic Stage 2); The Submission (MCC Theater); SCKBSTD (Virginia Stage Company); as well as lighting and projections for Peer Gynt (La Jolla Playhouse and Kansas City Repertory Theatre). www.darrelmaloney.com.   -Top-

 

Dan Ozminkowski, (Assistant Lighting Designer) – Regional credits include: Treasure Island – A New Musical (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Let Me Down Easy (Arena Stage, Wexner Center for the Arts, Philadelphia Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Tour credits include: Spirit of Uganda (2010, 2012; North America); and touring the U.S. with Treehouse Shakers. His New York credits include: A Celebration of Maurice Sendak with Tony Kushner (92Y); If You Could See (o/o Broadway); Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre (Resident Designer, three seasons) and To Walk in Darkness & B*tch (o/o Broadway). Dan also designed four musicals at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. His associate/assistant design credits include: One Night With Janis Joplin (Regional Tour); Impressionism (Broadway); Le Rêve (Wynn, Las Vegas). Dan was nominated for the Barrymore PECO Award for Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011. USA 829. Alumnus, Purchase College.   -Top-

 

Hethyr (Red) Verhoef, (Production Stage Manager) – A native Angeleno, Hethyr has always been entranced by the power of art and all the elements it takes to create it. She adores being a spec of the whole. She has gone on to work on numerous productions over the years gaining beauty and experience from each one. Hethyr also has many years experience as lead fly man and deck head. In the words of Janis: “I’m one of those regular weird people.” Muchos besos para Isara Naya. And a shout out to the crew, without which, there would be no show! *AEA member, Local 33.   -Top-

 

Jessica R. Aguilar, (Assistant Stage Manager) - Jessica is thrilled to be at Milwaukee Rep for the first time with One Night with Janis Joplin. Previous works include: Pasadena Playhouse: Intimate Apparel and Blues for an Alabama Sky; LATC: Devil’s Advocate and Dementia; CTG: Ken Roht’s Nutcracker Workshops; Geffen Playhouse: By the Waters of Babylon; Reprise: Once On This Island; Marin Theatre Company: Tiny Alice and In the Red & Brown Water; Cygnet Theater: Man of La Mancha and Hedwig & the Angry Inch. Ms. Aguilar is a graduate of UCLA, proud member of AEA and an avid SF Giants fan. Thanks to her F&F, HV, HW, PA, ML, TW, MQH, & JK². Kisses to TB!   -Top-

 

Ticket Pricing

Friday/Saturday Eve; Sat/Sun Matinee
VIP/Green Section - $90*
Orange Section - $75
Blue Section- $55
Yellow Section - $25
Senior (65+) - Receive a 15% off discount for seats in the Green, Orange, Blue Sections only.
Students (with ID Only) - $25 Yellow or Blue Sections only.

*Includes access to our VIP lounge with complimentary drinks and snacks pre-show and intermission.

Sunday – Thursday Evenings
VIP/Green Section - $85*
Orange Section - $70
Blue Section - $50
Yellow Section - $25
Senior (65+) - Receive a 15% off discount for seats in the Green, Orange, Blue Sections only.
Students (with ID Only) - $25 Yellow or Blue Sections only.

*Includes access to our VIP lounge with complimentary drinks and snacks pre-show and intermission.

Opening Night Pricing
(Monday, May 6, 7:30pm)

VIP/Green Section - $95 +
Orange Section - $85 +
Blue Section - $60
Yellow Section- $28
Senior (65+) - Receive a 15% off discount for seats in the Green, Orange, Blue Sections only.
Students (with ID Only) - $25 Yellow or Blue Sections only.

+ Includes a pre-show reception and access to our VIP lounge with complimentary drinks and snacks during intermission.



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Running Time
Approx. 2 hrs. and 15 min

Performance Times
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm*
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm*
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Monday Opening: 7:30pm

* The role of Janis Joplin will be played by Alison Cusano at Saturday matinees and at Sunday evening performances. The role of Blues Singer will be played by Kim Yarbrough at Tuesday evening and Sunday matinee performances.

Recommended Age
12 years and older

Content Advisory
Contains mature language and special effects including haze, fog, and strobe lights.


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