2017/2018 North American Tour Cast and Creative Team
MARY BRIDGET DAVIES (Janis Joplin) is an American singer and actress who performs with her own band, Mary Bridget Davies, and is also an interpreter of Janis Joplin's music. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Janis for the Broadway production of A Night With Janis Joplin. She has toured in Europe with Janis Joplin's original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and has formed her own band, titled The Mary Bridget Davies Group that tours in festivals and clubs worldwide. Her band The Mary Bridget Davies Group released an album with original songs in 2012 titled Wanna Feel Somethin.
Previously, she was nominated in 2013 for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Davies has also performed in the First National Tour of A Night With Janis Joplin and the Broadway musical revue It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, selling out shows across the country.
Ms. Davies recent performances include SXSW and a residency in Pasadena, CA, where she was joined by The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Slash, The MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Dave & Phil Alvin of The Blasters, Bob Mothersbaugh of DEVO, Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble, Doug Pinnick of King’s X and members of Tom Morello’s Nightwatchmen and Gnarls Barkley.
Davies has lived and performed in Kansas City, New York City, and currently lives in Cleveland. In late 2017 she gave birth to her first child, a son.
PAIGE MCNAMARA (Janis Alternate/Swing): Paige has toured the country and world in Broadway hits Mamma Mia! and Sister Act, and is honored to be back on the road with Janis. Regional: A Night With Janis Joplin (La Mirada Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, North Carolina Theater); North Shore Music Theatre. Proud Wagner College Alum. Endless thanks to Randy and the ANWJJ team, the Baker team, Noel, Mom, Dad and the boys! For TFM.
AURIANNA ANGELIQUE (Odetta, Bessie Smith, Chantel) Aurianna is thrilled to be reprising her role in Janis! Aurianna is a native of southern California. Some of her most recent credits include: Deloris in Sister Act, Smokey Joes Cafe, Stage West’s Rumours and Dreams and Love Train. Aurianna had the pleasure of playing Effie White in The Arts Club production of Dreamgirls as well as Motormouth in Hairspray at Mayfield. Other credits: Off Broadway – Sistas The Musical, Disney Cruise Line, Show Boat, South Pacific and many more! She would like to thank God for her continued Blessings and friends and family for their continued support! Enjoy The Show!!
ASHLEY TÁMAR DAVIS (Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Blues Woman, Chantel), known as the muse and protégé of Prince, gained notoriety for co-writing their Grammy Award–nominated duet, “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed.” A graduate of University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Davis recently starred as Sarah Vaughan in Sarah Sings a Love Story (Crossroads Theatre Company). She appeared on NBC’s The Voice, debuted in the first national tour of Motown: The Musical, and has performed in numerous Tyler Perry/Lionsgate productions. Davis has commercially released two independent albums, "I Am the Storm" and "My Name Is Tamar," via her company, Syren Music Group. Davis is also the founder of three edu-tainment initiatives: the College, Career, and Empowerment Summit and the Syren Arts Academy. www.TamarDavis.com
TAWNY DOLLEY (Etta James, Chantel, Joplinaire) has entertained audiences around the globe, sharing the stage with musical artists Estelle, Solange, Rachel Platten, John Legend, and the legendary band Vintage Trouble. She’s performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Late Late Show, The Talk, The Late Show, and The Tonight Show. Dolley played Etta James to critical acclaim in the first national tour of A Night with Janis Joplin alongside Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies. Other regional credits: Dreamgirls, Once on This Island, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Parade, Fame, Big River, and For the Record: Tarantino. Tawny currently stars in Vegas! The Show at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas and tours regularly with the band Vaud & The Villains. She also sings with pop acapella group, Vybration. www.tawnydolley.com
JENNIFER LEIGH WARREN (Blues Singer, Chantel, Joplinaire) was the “Blues Singer” on the 1st tour of A Night With Janis Joplin (34 cities, US & Canada) and is thrilled to return. BROADWAY (Original Casts): Big River (Hoe Blest written especially for her by Roger Miller), Marie Christine, Little Shop of Horrors (original Crystal), Lonesome Traveler. Regional: Medda in Newsies & Dragon in Shrek at Tuacahn, Sir Peter Hall’s Shakespeare Company, Addaperle and Evilene in The Wiz (Arkansas Rep), The Education of Randy Newman, Sheila in HAIR, Lalume in Kismet (REPRISE!), Ado Annie in Oklahoma (Sacramento Music). Television: Pretty Little Liars, Lipstick Jungle, ER, Scrubs, All My Children. On The Tonight Show, CONAN and Jimmy Kimmel with Broken Bells, The Kills, Trombone Shorty, Moon Taxi, Lisa Loeb. International: Denmark (Al Jarreau); Japan, Big River (in Japanese). FILM: Valentine’s Day, The Other Sister, Dear God, Grace of my Heart, The Crossing Guard, Sour Grapes. Dartmouth College graduate. SAG/ AFTRA & AEA member. www.jenniferleighwarren.com
JANIS JOPLIN - That voice—high, husky, earthy, explosive—remains among the most distinctive and galvanizing in pop history. But Janis Joplin didn’t merely possess a great instrument; she threw herself into every syllable, testifying from the very core of her being. She claimed the blues, soul, gospel, country, and rock with unquestionable authority and verve, fearlessly inhabiting psychedelic guitar jams, back-porch roots, and everything in between. Her volcanic performances left audiences stunned and speechless, while her sexual magnetism, world-wise demeanor and flamboyant style shattered every stereotype about female artists—and essentially invented the “rock mama” paradigm. But California drew her back into its glittering embrace in 1966 when she joined the Haight-based psychedelic-rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Her adoption of a wild sartorial style—with granny glasses, frizzed-out hair and extravagant attire that winked, hippie-style, at the burlesque era—further spiked her burgeoning reputation. And from there, the rest is history. In the years since her passing, Janis Joplin’s recordings and filmed performances have cemented her status as an icon, inspiring countless imitators and musical devotees. Myriad hit collections, live anthologies, various commercials, and a hit Broadway show have kept her legend alive
RANDY JOHNSON (Writer, Director, Creator) Writer, director and creator of the Tony- nominated production of A Night with Janis Joplin. A 30 year career that is complex, definable, and undefinable at the same time. As varied as it is diverse, he has broken career barriers, made and seen history first hand, all while being consistently committed to his artistic core values. His most recent work Shout Sister Shout, based on the life of rock and roll/gospel trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, premiered this summer at the Pasadena Playhouse to rave reviews and record breaking attendance. “Randy Johnson certainly doesn’t lack for ambition or vision, or social conscience. In the strictest sense of the word, he isn’t a theater director— that might be too much of a constricted space for him, although he’s certainly succeeded in almost every medium including: Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater and the concert world. If there is a trademark for Randy Johnson’s productions, it’s that they’re going to be nothing that you might expect.” (The New York Times) www.randy-johnson1.com
JESSICA R. AGUILAR* (Assistant Stage Manager) is grateful to hit the road with A Night with Janis Joplin having previously worked on productions of ANWJJ both pre and post Broadway. Previous works include: Pasadena Playhouse: Our Town, The Originalist, Fly, Real Women Have Curves, Stop Kiss, 12 Angry Men; Geffen Playhouse: reasons to be pretty, Death of the Author; Marin Theatre Company: Fences, In the Red & Brown Water; LATC: Devil’s Advocate, Dementia; Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Hedwig & the Angry Inch. She is a proud member of AEA, a fitness enthusiast & an avid SF Giants fan. Thanks to her F&F-SA²-HW-PA-ML-MQH-JK²-MA. XO to TB!
KEVIN BEEBEE (Company Manager) is pleased to be back on the road with ANWJJ. For the past decade, Kevin has been managing shows on Broadway and their National Tours. Along with Janis last year, other shows he has managed are WICKED; The Book of Mormon; Nice Work If You Can Get It - staring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara; Curtains the Musical - staring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk; MAMMA MIA!; Legally Blonde; Blue Man Group; and Stomp. Kevin also is the Founding Managing Director for Titan Theatre Company, one of New York City's newest and most successful theatre companies nestled in the beautiful borough of Queens. Kevin is an alumni of Bowling Green State University where he worked towards his Bachelor of Arts In Theatre with an emphasis in Arts Management.
ALEX PREZZANO (Music Director) Alex Prezzano is a guitarist based in New York City. He’s been an active bandleader, songwriter, sideman, pit orchestra and session musician since 2012, after studying classical guitar throughout New England and California. Prezzano joined A Night with Janis Joplin in October 2017 as guitarist at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, the 2nd National Tour and most recently at La Mirada Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Visit www.alexprezzano.com.
AMY CLARK (Costume Design) has designed for the Broadway productions of A Night with Janis Joplin and Chaplin (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: Himself and Nora, Stupid Fucking Bird, Heathers: The Musical, Cagney, Unlock’d, Animals Out of Paper, All This Intimacy, Jayson with a Y, Dreams of the Washer King, Apple Cove, and Dramatis Personae. Other select designs: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion: The Musical, Vocalosity, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and On Your Toes at New York City Center Encores! Clark has also worked at Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, The Goodman, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Hartford Stage, Asolo Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, among others. She was awarded the 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame Emerging Artists fellowship. Clark has an MFA from NYU.
LEAH J. LOUKAS (Hair and Makeup Design) has designed for Sweat; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; The Heidi Chronicles; On the Town; A Night with Janis Joplin; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; American Idiot; and Irena’s Vow on Broadway. Off-Broadway, she has designed for Barbecue and Fortress of Solitude (The Public), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Into the Woods (The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park), and Heathers: The Musical, Bare: The Musical, Carrie: The Musical, Tribes, and Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre). Loukas has a BFA in theater design and production with a focus in makeup and wig design from the University of Cincinnati.
DARREL MALONEY (Projection Design) has designed for broadcast, concerts, film, and theater. Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, American Idiot, On Your Feet!, Allegiance, Everyday Rapture, The Illusionists. Off-Broadway: Found (Atlantic Theater; Drama Desk nomination); Checkers (Vineyard Theatre, Drama Desk nomination); Tappin’ Thru Life (Drama Desk nomination); Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians); Kung Fu, Golden Child (Signature Theatre); The Village Bike, The Submission (MTC); Bikeman: A 9/11 Play, Kansas City Choir Boy (PROTOTYPE, A.R.T, Center Theatre Group); and Karen O’s Stop the Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Sydney Opera House). Others designs: Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, Surf, Old Globe, CTG, La Jolla Playhouse, A.R.T., Kansas City Rep, 5th Avenue Theater. Darrel is also the founder of the design and production company The 13th Studios. www.darrelmaloney.com
RYAN J. O’GARA (Lighting Designer) selected- National Tour: Vocalocity, Walking Dead Experience, The Little Prince. NYC: Sanctuary, Tail Spin, play/date, USELESS, Lady Day, Moses of Egypt- New York City Opera, Little Prince, Knuckle Heads Zoo, Black Violin, Pinkolandia, PS Jones, Chix 6, Raw Space, THE RIDE, various productions for Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Drury Lane- Chicago, Signature Theatre DC, Laguna Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Sonnet Repertory Company, Lincoln Center Festival, Westbeth Theatre Center, Capital Repertory Theatre and Bristol Riverside Theatre (2016 Barrymore Award). Dance: American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, MOMIX, gloATL, Ballet Hispanico, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Dance Works, Revolution at the Joyce Theatre. Corporate: NBCU upfront 2016 @ Radio City Music Hall, Celebrity Apprentice, Michael Kors Jet Set Launch, Antonio Banderas Fragrance Launch, Nike Rockstar Workout. On Broadway he has served as the Associate Lighting Designer for: Come from Away, Bronx Tale, Paramour, Hamilton, Dr. Zhivago, Honeymoon in Vegas, After Midnight, A Christmas Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Magic/Bird, How to Succeed..., Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Cry Baby, Gypsy, In the Heights, Xanadu, LoveMusik and Avenue Q. O’Gara graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts. www.ryanogara.com
LEN RHODES (Original Music Arrangements) received diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and London College of Music, with continuing studies in composition at the University of London. He is a fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (U.K.). Rhodes is artistic director of and artist-in-residence with Summit Music and Arts in Colorado. Compositions, arrangements, and commissions include work for BBC Radio, Trinity College London, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. His recent piano quintet arrangement of “MacArthur Park” is available worldwide through Music Sales Ltd. nd Hal Leonard Corporation. Rhodes is currently signed as a recording artist with Burning Girl Records (U.K.).
BRIAN PRATHER (Scenic Design) Recent Off-Broadway designs include: Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages), Widower’s Houses (TACT/Gingold), A Christmas Carol (St. Clement’s), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside), The Memory Show (Transport Group), Freud’s Last Session (New World Stages), Nymph Errant (Prospect Theater), and The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons). Internationally Brian has designed at the Chung-mu Art Hall (South Korea) and at regional and other theatres including: the Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Barrington Stage Co., TheaterWorks Hartford, Virginia Rep., Mercury Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co., Shakespeare on the Sound, among many others. Awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago) for Set Design and an Emmy nomination (New England) for the design of “The Kate” concert series on PBS. Brian is an Associate Artist at Barrington Stage Co. (MA) and a proud member of USA Local 829. See Brian’s work at www.brianprather.com.
HETHYR (RED) VERHOEF (Production Stage Manager) Having toured with A Night with Janis Joplin regionally and nationally, Hethyr is thrilled to bring it to McCarter. Hethyr has worked as a stage manager and flyman over the years and continues to be deeply invested in theater, art, and all the elements it takes to create it. In the words of Janis: “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.
PATRICIA WILCOX (Choreographer) Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin, Motown (Astaire Award and NAACP Award). Off-Broadway/national tours: Little Shop of Horrors (Encores/City Center starring Jake Gyllenhaal), Children’s Letters to God, Bowfire (and PBS TV special), Blues in the Night (NAACP Nomination), Seussical. West End/London: Motown. Select regional: A Swell Party (Kennedy Center), The Secret Garden (Denver Theatre Center), Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed Opera House), Peter and the Starcatcher (Pioneer Theatre Company), Pirates of Penzance (Missouri Rep), Aida (NSMT), Cabaret (Sacramento Music), Hair (Arizona Theatre Company), Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse). Original works: Houston Symphony, Minnesota Pops, Phoenix Symphony, and ice skating gold medalists Petrenko, Kulik, Gordeeva, Ando, and ice dancing teams for the 2006, 2010, and 2014 Winter Olympics.