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March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
Janis Joplin - the musical, that is - lives on, thanks to Live Nation. After a tour that took it to Southern California and other venues, and a run on Broadway that closed in February, "A Night With Janis Joplin" will transfer off-Broadway to the Gramercy Theatre in New York, with the opening set for April 10. The new engagement is in partnership with concert promoter Live Nation and is expected to be a new staging to fit the concert-like venue...
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March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
Janis Joplin - the musical, that is - lives on, thanks to Live Nation. After a tour that took it to Southern California and other venues, and a run on Broadway that closed in February, "A Night With Janis Joplin" will transfer off-Broadway to the Gramercy Theatre in New York, with the opening set for April 10. The new engagement is in partnership with concert promoter Live Nation and is expected to be a new staging to fit the concert-like venue...
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June 26, 2013 | By David Ng
"One Night with Janis Joplin" was a popular hit when it ran earlier this year at the Pasadena Playhouse, with actress Mary Bridget Davies as the tragic folk-rock singer who died in 1970 at the age of 27. The musical, which premiered at Portland Center Stage in Oregon in 2011 and has since traveled to a few other cities, is now headed to Broadway, with an opening set for Oct. 10 at the Lyceum Theatre. Davies will return to the musical for its Broadway run, along with director Randy Johnson, who wrote the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its award nominations for 2013, and leading the pack are the recent revivals of the musicals "Dreamgirls" by the DOMA Theatre Co. and "The Fantasticks" at South Coast Repertory, with six nominations each, followed by the play "The Nether," produced by Center Theatre Group, with five nominations.  This year's awards are scheduled to be handed out March 17 at a ceremony at the Colony Theatre in...
HOME & GARDEN
March 30, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Into the decadent world of Pasadena we go. . . . More and more I am drawn to that little triangle of treasures near Vroman's Bookstore: the Laemmle theaters, of course, where the audiences are either amazingly reverential or fully asleep, and the little courtyard across the street, where El Portal pours more margaritas than in all of Cabo, even on school nights. This is pretty much all I need in a city - a giant bookstore, a good set of theaters, a friendly watering hole where I can slowly suck all the vodka off my ice cubes.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
It was a great twist on Haight-Ashbury hippie history--the house where drug-plagued rocker Janis Joplin once lived was being turned into a drug rehab center. Just one problem--she really lived in the house next door. The San Francisco Chronicle told the dramatic story Thursday, complete with corroboration from such '60s musical luminaries as Country Joe McDonald, who was Joplin's beau back then and briefly lived with her in the Lyon Street house--whichever one it was.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Twirling her microphone stand like a demon lover while her Medusa curls lash her face, Sophie B. Hawkins is a woman possessed. On the tiny Macha Theatre stage in West Hollywood, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is getting in touch with her inner Janis Joplin. That might not seem like a stretch for Hawkins, who cut an audacious swath through '90s adult-contemporary music with erotically obsessive confessionals such as "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "Right Beside You. " During a rehearsal break from "Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin," a new musical play written and directed by Gigi Gaston that runs through Dec. 30, Hawkins gratefully acknowledged Joplin's raging influence on her own music.
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December 20, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
When Sophie B. Hawkins first shook up adult-contemporary pop in the '90s with libidinally fixated songs like "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," critics instantly compared her to Janis Joplin. The idea stuck, so much so that last fall Hawkins was cast as the lead in "Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin," a new play with music at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood. In it the Grammy-nominated Hawkins channels her inner Janis -- wearing Haight-Ashbury hippie-chic, battling various personal demons, and belting her way through roughly a dozen Joplin classics, including "Down on Me," "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
The legend that was and is Janis Joplin has influenced countless female rockers, many of them epic talents in their own right. And few if any theater events have done full justice to this trailblazing force of nature's vocal impact and unflagging connection with an audience. Over the decades since Joplin's fatal overdose at age 27 in 1970, there have been numerous attempts to tell her story on film or stage, among them the greatly fictionalized “The Rose,” the epistolary “Love, Janis,” and several stalled biopics.
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | by David Ng
Nina Arianda's career has been on a hot streak since she wowed audiences in David Ives' drama "Venus in Fur," which debuted at the Classic Stage Co. in New York and transferred to Broadway last year. In June, Arianda won a Tony for lead actress in a play. The actress has reportedly signed on to play Janis Joplin in a new film project from director Sean Durkin, whose most recent film was the indie hit"Martha Marcy May Marlene. " As reported by Deadline, Arianda will sing in her own voice for the movie that is expected to begin shooting next year.  Joplin was a countercultural rock figure who died at age 27 in 1970.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By David Ng
"One Night with Janis Joplin" was a popular hit when it ran earlier this year at the Pasadena Playhouse, with actress Mary Bridget Davies as the tragic folk-rock singer who died in 1970 at the age of 27. The musical, which premiered at Portland Center Stage in Oregon in 2011 and has since traveled to a few other cities, is now headed to Broadway, with an opening set for Oct. 10 at the Lyceum Theatre. Davies will return to the musical for its Broadway run, along with director Randy Johnson, who wrote the show.
HOME & GARDEN
March 30, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Into the decadent world of Pasadena we go. . . . More and more I am drawn to that little triangle of treasures near Vroman's Bookstore: the Laemmle theaters, of course, where the audiences are either amazingly reverential or fully asleep, and the little courtyard across the street, where El Portal pours more margaritas than in all of Cabo, even on school nights. This is pretty much all I need in a city - a giant bookstore, a good set of theaters, a friendly watering hole where I can slowly suck all the vodka off my ice cubes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
The legend that was and is Janis Joplin has influenced countless female rockers, many of them epic talents in their own right. And few if any theater events have done full justice to this trailblazing force of nature's vocal impact and unflagging connection with an audience. Over the decades since Joplin's fatal overdose at age 27 in 1970, there have been numerous attempts to tell her story on film or stage, among them the greatly fictionalized “The Rose,” the epistolary “Love, Janis,” and several stalled biopics.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
He may be one of the most influential music executives in the world, but Clive Davis was never a music geek. He didn't like rock 'n' roll as a teen, doesn't describe that lightning-strike moment when sound first truly explodes. He didn't collect albums, and seldom paints himself as an aesthete. Yes, throughout his new autobiography, "The Soundtrack of My Life," he's attending concerts and knows talent when he sees it - he signed Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston - but more with an ear for commerce than for challenging musical norms.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
When Sophie B. Hawkins first shook up adult-contemporary pop in the '90s with libidinally fixated songs like "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," critics instantly compared her to Janis Joplin. The idea stuck, so much so that last fall Hawkins was cast as the lead in "Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin," a new play with music at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood. In it the Grammy-nominated Hawkins channels her inner Janis -- wearing Haight-Ashbury hippie-chic, battling various personal demons, and belting her way through roughly a dozen Joplin classics, including "Down on Me," "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Twirling her microphone stand like a demon lover while her Medusa curls lash her face, Sophie B. Hawkins is a woman possessed. On the tiny Macha Theatre stage in West Hollywood, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is getting in touch with her inner Janis Joplin. That might not seem like a stretch for Hawkins, who cut an audacious swath through '90s adult-contemporary music with erotically obsessive confessionals such as "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "Right Beside You. " During a rehearsal break from "Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin," a new musical play written and directed by Gigi Gaston that runs through Dec. 30, Hawkins gratefully acknowledged Joplin's raging influence on her own music.
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September 12, 1991 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once again, a court has been asked to step into an argument between creativity and commercialism, and settle the question: What is left behind when a celebrity dies? And who does it belong to? This federal court case involves rights to the fame of Janis Joplin, the growly, belt-'em-out blues singer who helped shape the musical epoch of the '60s with her renditions of songs like "Me and Bobby McGee" and "(Take a) Piece of My Heart."
NEWS
March 11, 1999 | SUSIE LINFIELD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In early 1971, Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" hit the No. 1 spot on the pop chart--the only single of hers to do so. Throughout the country, radio listeners tuned in to Joplin's version of the song--a rendition, typically, both wistful and wild--in which Janis promised to "trade all my tomorrows" for just one moment with her lost love.
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | by David Ng
Nina Arianda's career has been on a hot streak since she wowed audiences in David Ives' drama "Venus in Fur," which debuted at the Classic Stage Co. in New York and transferred to Broadway last year. In June, Arianda won a Tony for lead actress in a play. The actress has reportedly signed on to play Janis Joplin in a new film project from director Sean Durkin, whose most recent film was the indie hit"Martha Marcy May Marlene. " As reported by Deadline, Arianda will sing in her own voice for the movie that is expected to begin shooting next year.  Joplin was a countercultural rock figure who died at age 27 in 1970.
NEWS
July 25, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Amy Winehouse's tragic death at her home this weekend has left her family as well as fans all over the world mourning the loss. The soulstress, known for such hits as "Rehab," was found dead at her London home Saturday. She joins Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and others as singers who died at the age of 27. If autopsy results indicate that a drug overdose was involved, Winehouse would be far from the first star to fall because of substance abuse. Often, instead of succumbing to such high-profile killers as cocaine, these celebrities died from a combination of relatively common prescription medications, such as codeine or OxyContin.
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