2019 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.
Francesca Ferrari: Selected credits include A Night With Janis Joplin (North Carolina Theatre & Ivoryton Playhouse), Les Misérables (The MUNY),The Radium Girls (The Player's Theatre). BFA Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory, Esper Studio alum, voice with Andrea Green. Love and gratitude for my family, GMV, the Jags, & the ANWJJ team. @fran.cesca.ferrari
Amma Osei: Broadway: Rock of Ages (Justice). National/International Tours: Rock of Ages (Justice), Fame (Ms. Sherman). Regional Credits Include: Little Shop of Horrors at The Kennedy Center (Ronnette), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Big River (Alice), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Armelia), All Shook Up (Sylvia), The Who’s Tommy (Acid Queen), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Present). Thanks to the Whole Artist Management, The Mine and to my friends and family for your guidance, support and belief in me. @AmmaOseiNYC
Ashley Támar Davis is known as the protégé of Prince for co-writing their Grammy-nominated duet “Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed.” With recent performances on “The Voice,” Ms. Davis is a graduate of USC with two independent albums currently streaming everywhere. Támar has performed on Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, the NAACP Image Awards, the BRIT Awards. www.TamarDavis.com. Ashley Támar stars in Broadway HD’s “A Night with Janis Joplin” Streaming NOW on www.BroadwayHD.com.
TAWNY DOLLEY* Dolley was featured in the recent Broadway HD recording of A Night with Janis Joplin. She’s performed backup vocals for Estelle, Solange, John Legend & Rachel Platten. TV Credits: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Ellen, The Late Late Show, The Late Show, & The Tonight Show. Regional credits: Dreamgirls, Once On This Island, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Parade, & For the Record: Tarantino.
Jennifer Leigh Warren (Blues Singer, lead Chantel, Joplinaire) Broadway/Off-Broadway : Big River (Original, “How Blest We Are” written for her by Roger Miller), Little Shop of Horrors (original Crystal), Marie Christine (original), Lonesome Traveler (original). Television : RENT Live (Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Cohen, Bag lady), The Tonight Show, CONAN, Kimmel (Broken Bells, The Kills, Trombone Shorty, Lisa Loeb, OK GO). Film: Valentine’s Day, Grace of my Heart, The Crossing Guard, Sour Grapes. She is thrilled to return for her 4th “Janis” tour. 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.