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A Night with Janis Joplin 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 20 2018
Phone: Box Office Phone Number: 919-831-6941 ext.6944
Email: nct@nctheatre.com
Price: $30+
nctheatre.com/shows/janis-joplin

Generally, North Carolina Theatre favors the one-and-done: single-week productions of hit Broadway musicals that vanish after their allotted time. But in this change-up, a coproduction with Connecticut's Ivoryton Playhouse, audiences have three whole weeks to see New York's Francesca Ferrari fill a very tall order: channeling Janis Joplin, the gritty, damaged, transcendent goddess of rock, blues, and gospel, in sequences on stage and off. In Randy Johnson's 2013 Broadway musical biography, a two-act homage with a live band, a veritable pantheon of African-American musicians who fundamentally influenced Joplin's music have their moments as well: Etta James, Nina Simone, Odetta, and Bessie Smith. But it's Joplin's electrifying live performances—or exorcisms, as she grappled with a darkness that ultimately overcame her in a heroin-and-alcohol overdose at age twenty-seven—that Ferrari must convey. —Byron Woods

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