NEW YORK — The boozy, bluesy, hot-mama howl of Janis Joplin is heading to Broadway.
Producers said Wednesday that the musical "A Night With Janis Joplin" starring Mary Bridget Davies as the iconic singer will start previews at the Lyceum Theatre on Sept. 20.
The show, written and directed by Randy Johnson, has a live onstage band and features Joplin hits and classic songs such as "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Ball and Chain" and "Summertime."
The show has already been staged at Portland Center Stage in Oregon; the Cleveland Play House; Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; the Pasadena Playhouse in California; and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Davies, who was raised in Cleveland, first won the role in 2005 after beating 150 actresses. She has appeared in the musical revue "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues" and another Joplin musical, "Love, Janis." She has toured with Joplin's band, Big Brother & the Holding Company and has released the album "Wanna Feel Somethin.'"
Joplin rose to fame during San Francisco's 1967 "Summer of Love," gaining acclaim when she performed her version of blues singer Big Mama Thornton's "Ball and Chain" at the Monterey International Pop Festival. She died of a heroin overdose in Hollywood in 1970.
Female Singers Going Barefoot
From Joss Stone to kd lang to Jewel, there are quite a few female singers who opt to go barefoot while singing on stage. But Janis Joplin did it first. In fact, she was famous for her shoe-less antics even before she made a name in the music industry. In a 1962 article by her college newspaper, The Texan, Joplin was described by her very distinct quality: "<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/features/joplin.htm">She goes barefooted when she feels like it.</a>" IMAGE: Singer Joss Stone performs on the Today show on August 26, 2005 in New York, New York. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Young Musicians With An Affinity For Hard Liquor
Everyone knows that Ke$ha brushes her teeth with a bottle of whiskey before she leaves the house. But long before the singer declared her love for Jack Daniels, Janis Joplin was Southern Comfort's biggest fan. She was hardly ever seen without at least a fifth of her favorite alcohol on stage. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/did-keha-know-whiskey-toothpaste-was-a-thing-in-1961-2012-12#ixzz2IMnrf3hF IMAGE: Singer Ke$ha attends KIIS FM's 2012 Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
Celebrities Recruiting Famous Artists For Tattoos
Sure, Kate Moss wooed Lucian Freud into giving her a custom tattoo on her back, of which we're all eternally jealous. But Janis Joplin was a pioneer in the realm of custom body art. In 1970, Joplin <a href="http://ultimateclassicrock.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-janis-joplin/">hired legendary artist Lyle Tuttle to ink her wrist</a>; one of many tattoos that would end up on her body. IMAGE: Kate Moss (tattoo detail) attends the 4th Mango Fashion Awards 2012 Gala held at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya on May 30, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images)
Unexpected Pop Collaborations
Lady Gaga has sung with Tony Bennett and Mick Jagger, to name but a couple of her odd musical collaborations. But the queen of unexpected duets is surely Janis Joplin, who shared a stage with Tina Turner, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ib2b4BOZIQ">Tom Jones</a>, Wayne Newton and more. IMAGE: Singer Lady Gaga joins Mick Jagger, center, and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones on stage at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
We all love Jennifer Lawrence and her tendency to bare all on late night television (or daytime television, press junkets and awards shows for that matter). She's surely taking a cue from Janis Joplin, whose reputation for oversharing was unprecedented. Who could forget her 1<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlqAsesmLQ0">970 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show,</a>? Ask her anything, and she'd answer. Don't ask her anything, and she'd still likely voice her opinion. IMAGE: Jennifer Lawrence with her award for best actress in in a motion picture comedy or musical for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook" during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
Blues-Inspired Pop Music
Florence Welch, Nora Jones, Amy Winehouse, Fiona Apple... all of these musicians have helped to bring jazz and blues music into the popular realm, which is something Janis Joplin did very well throughout the 1960s. Her personal heroes? Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. IMAGE: Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine performs live on stsge at 02 Arena on December 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
Twentysomethings Getting Arrested
Before Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes made multiple arrests a common characteristic for young celebrities, Janis Joplin was showing twentysomethings how it was done. She was arrested in November of 1969 for shouting obscenities at police officers during a Tampa performance. Her <a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/celebrity/music/janis-joplin">mug shot can be seen here</a>. IMAGE: In this police booking photo released by Los Angeles Conty Sheriff's Department showing actress Amanda Bynes, 26, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after allegedly hitting a sheriff's patrol car. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Conty Sheriff's Department )
Autoharp-Playing Indie Singers
Today, the autoharp is an indie singer favorite, but it was Janis Joplin who helped to popularize the stringed instrument outside of blues and country music. She was playing her autoharp as early as college, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/features/joplin.htm">carrying it with her from class to class</a> in case sudden inspiration struck. IMAGE: British singer PJ Harvey performs on the stage of the 20th edition of the Vieilles Charrues Music Festival on July 17, 2011 in Carhaix, Brittany. AFP PHOTO FRED TANNEAU (Photo credit should read FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Odd Onstage Habits
Fiona Apple has been known to have a breakdown or two onstage, but the pianist is only doing what great performers before her did. In her day, Janis Joplin would vascillate between constantly checking in with her audience to see how they were doing to screaming profanity at unlucky bystanders (remember her arrest for yelling at police officers?). Stevie Nicks once <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-festivals/8592526/Stevie-Nicks-The-most-fun-Ive-ever-had.html">recounted the time she opened for Joplin</a>, which involved being kicked off stage by the particularly foul-mouthed singer after having run over set. IMAGE: Fiona Apple performs during the Vegoose music festival at Sam Boyd Stadium's Star Nursery Field on October 29, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Shameless Fur Fashions
Joplin's fashion sense has been copied in more ways than one, but it's her unabashed love for fur that really stands out. Coats, hats, scarves; you name it, Joplin wore it. Her love of animal pelts was so well known that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/05/02/specials/joplin-obit.html">Southern Comfort even bought her a fur coat</a> in recognition of all the publicity she gave the company. IMAGE: Kim Kardashian attends the Kanye West Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Halle Freyssinet on March 6, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)