Janis Joplin’s voice—husky, earthy and explosive—remains among the most distinctive and galvanizing in pop history. During her all-too-short time in the spotlight, she forged a lasting musical legacy both in the studio and on stage. That reputation was shaped by unforgettable songs like “Piece of My Heart” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” as well as volcanic performances that left audiences stunned and speechless, including her Monterey Pop Festival breakthrough and triumphant appearance at Woodstock. But Joplin’s influence extends far beyond music. Her sexual magnetism and world-wise demeanor shattered stereotypes about female artists, while her wild sartorial style made her the mother of modern boho chic. Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and given a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. But such honors only confirm what fans already know: Janis Joplin is among the greatest, most powerful singers music has ever known.
Randy Johnson's work has been seen in regional theatres and concert halls worldwide including Off Broadway, London’s West End, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Grand Ole Opry, O2 Wembley Arena, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Zach Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre and Arena Stage in Washington, DC. He is also the director of the historic Elvis The Concert and original producer of Always Patsy Cline. Samuel French, Inc. has published his work. Recipient of The Crystal Apple Award for his work with Aids Projects Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. www.randyjohnson1.com
Broadway: Motown The Musical (2013 Astaire Award for Best Choreography). Off Broadway/Tours: Children’s Letters To God, Blues In The Night (NAACP Nomination), Seussical, Bowfire, A Marvelous Party (Co-conceivor). Other select credits-Regional: The Kennedy Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company. Concerts/Symphonies: Houston Symphony, Minnestota Pops, Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92nd Street Y. Specials: PBS Television, Thames Television. Skating: Gold medalists Petrenko, Kulik, Ando, Gordeeva and the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.
Off-Broadway credits include: Lucky Guy (The Little Shubert Theatre), and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… (The Zipper Theatre). Regional: Damn Yankees, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Full Monty (Paper Mill), Half A’ Sixpence, Pirates! (Goodspeed), Everything’s Ducky (Cincinnati Playhouse/ St. Louis Rep). National Tours: Mythbusters: Behind the Myths, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scooby Doo and the Pirate Ghost. He has also been an Associate Designer for countless Broadway productions and most recently the Art Director for the XXII Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia.
Chaplin (St. Petersburg, Russia); Chaplin (The Barrymore Theatre, NYC; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Nominations); On Your Toes (City Center Encores!); The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill Playhouse); Other Desert Cities (The Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Unlock’d (The Duke, NYC); Muckrakers (Barrington Stage Co.); Lord of the Flies (Barrington Stage Co.); Showboat (Goodspeed Musicals); Monster At The Door (The Alley Theatre). Currently designing Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus. MFA from NYU Tisch. Awarded 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame Emerging Artists Fellowship.
Mike Baldassari is a Tony and Emmy nominated Lighting Designer whose work has spanned many industries and been seen live in 25+ countries. Theatrical Lighting for Film includes: Rob Marshall’s Nine, Rock of Ages, Joyful Noise, Sex and the City 2, Going the Distance, Neil Young Trunk Show. For Sam Mendes and Mr. Marshall he co-designed the Broadway hit revival of Cabaret, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations and received the Entertainment Design Award. This famed production is once again running at Studio 54. Other Broadway: First Date, and the upcoming Holler If Ya Hear Me. More than a dozen US National Tours. World premières; Tennessee William’s ONE ARM, SOMEWHERE IN TIME, 13, NERDS. European: Beauty and the Beast (11+ companies). Production Designer: Alice in Chains, co-designed Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams Tour world-wide. Family entertainment: Yo Gabba Gabba, Super Why, Kidz Bop, Madagascar. Television: U2’s Top of the Rock, SNL’s Digital Shorts. Broadcast Concerts: Mary J. Blige, Tim McGraw. Emmy Nomination: Garth Brooks Central Park. www.mike-o-matic.com
Broadway: Relatively Speaking; Baby It’s You; American Buffalo; Tale of Two Cities; Xanadu; Story of My Life; Moon for the Misbegotten; Ring of Fire; Sly Fox; Little Shop...; Raisin in the Sun; Sexaholix... A member of Sound Associates, Inc., Carl’s 30-year career has included work as an audio designer, engineer and producer in some of New York’s busiest studios and live venues, but his passion is designing original shows. Love to: Karen, Andy, Kylie, Chelsea, Brad and Brayden.
Darrel Maloney has designed for broadcast, concerts, film and theatre. Broadway designs include American Idiot (St. James Theatre) and Everyday Rapture (Roundabout Theatre). Others designs include Checkers (Vineyard Theatre) (Drama Desk Nomination), Golden Child (Signature Theatre), Allegiance (Old Globe), Hughie (Shakespeare Theatre), Surf (Las Vegas), Stop the Virgens (Sydney Opera House), The Elephant Man (Minnesota Opera). Darrel is also the founder of the design studio “The 13th” and serves on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama. ww.darrelmaloney.com
Hair and Makeup Design
Broadway: Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena’s Vow. The Public Theater: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Into The Woods. Off-Broadway: Unlock’d, Bare, Checkers, Murder in the First, Carrie, The Shaggs, Tribes, The Dance and The Railroad. Papermill Playhouse: The Sound Of Music and The Little Mermaid. Hartford Stage: Abundance, Boeing, Boeing, 39 Steps. Goodspeed Opera House: Show Boat. Associate Designer: Motown. BFA from University of Cincinnati’s CCM: Makeup and Wig Design. Thanks Mom and Dad!
Broadway: A Night With Janis Joplin. 1st National Tours: Guys & Dolls, Little House on the Prairie - The Musical and Happy Days. NYC: 92 Street Y - Mike Stoller’s 80th Birthday Celebration (AD & Co-Writer). Empire, Idaho! & Giant readings. Paper Mill: 12 productions including Hairspray, Seven Brides…, Pirates! & Godspell. Goodspeed: The Fabulous Lipitones & Happy Days. Zach Theater: Caroline, or Change, Urinetown & Hair. San Jose Repertory. Signature Theater. NC Theater. Other: Austin Critic’s Table & Payne Awards. Graduate: Texas State University.
Tyler Evans joined A Night with Janis Joplin at its 2011 inception in Portland, OR and has stayed with it across the country. Big-time gratitude to original Portland rhythm section Patrick Harry, Stephen Flakus and Mitch Wilson, and NYC players John Scarpulla, Michael Boscarino, Craig Taylor and Justin Rothberg. You guys are the best! Tyler is a WSU Master's alum.
Matilda; Cinderella; Scandalous; Chaplin; Ghost; How to Succeed; Promises, Promises; Bye-Bye Birdie; Grease; Times They Are A-Changin’; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Conductor/Percussionist: Matilda; Billy Elliot; Scoundrels; Never Gonna Dance; Flower Drum Song; Full Monty; Superstar; Miss Saigon; Les Misérables; Singing in the Rain; King and I; Cleavage; Radio City. For Robin and Taylor.
Original Music Director and Arranger
Len Rhodes received diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and London College of Music. His career as pianist, teacher, composer, arranger and organist has spanned over forty years. As well as original musical director/arranger for One Night with Janis Joplin, he was musical director, arranger and pianist/keyboardist in the Las Vegas MGM Hollywood Theatre 2012 production of Mike Tyson—The Undisputed Truth. Len is Artist in Residence with Summit Music and Arts, Colorado. www.lenrhodesmusic.com
Select Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional & Tours: Follies, Lombardi, Ragtime, Impressionism, Seafarer, Radio Golf, Coram Boy, Translations, Damn Yankees, Dirty Dancing, The Glorious Ones, Cripple Of Inishmaan, Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County, Are You There Mcphee, Cotton Club Parade, Harps And Angels, Me Myself & I, Fetch Clay Make Man, Gruesome Playground Injuries.
Glenn has over 30 years of experience producing and directing live entertainment and is head of production for Michael Cohl’s S2BN Entertainment Corporation. He was Executive Producer of Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark and for the past five years has written, produced and directed the hit family stage shows Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! which earned the 2010 Billboard Touring Creative Content Award.
Foresight Theatrical is comprised of partners Alan Wasser, Allan Williams, Aaron Lustbader and Mark Shacket who oversee and supervise The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots, The Velocity of Autumn and Les Miserables on Broadway, and Million Dollar Quartet on tour and in Chicago & Las Vegas.
Production Stage Manager
Broadway: Spider-Man, Cyrano de Bergerac, Wicked, Fosse, Les Miserables, Sly Fox, La Cage aux Folles. National Tours: Chicago. Off Broadway: In Transit, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Power Plays, All in the Timing, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, On The Open Road. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, North Carolina Theater, Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas
Daniel Chilewich is a New York-based entertainment producer of musicals, live events and television, including Lead Producer of the Broadway production of A Night With Janis Joplin and the regional theatre tour of One Night With Janis Joplin. Additional producing credits include Here to Stay, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning show Blast, ’S Wonderful and Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen. Daniel is also producing a new musical with multi-Grammy Award- winning recording artist BeBe Winans and in development on a number of major theatrical productions. In addition, he is a practicing attorney with offices in NY and NJ. Daniel and his wife Karen live in Westchester with their three daughters, Emma, Sydney and Lizzie.
Todd Gershwin is an entertainment producer with a diverse background in musical theatre, television production and events. Most recently, Todd produced the record-breaking tour of A Night With Janis Joplin at major regional theatres throughout the country. Todd’s producing credits also include Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen, Here to Stay, the Gershwin musical ’S Wonderful, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning Blast and a new musical with multiple Grammy Award-winning artist BeBe Winans. Todd is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. He and his wife Michele live in Westchester with their daughters Avery and Elana.
Michael Cohl pioneered worldwide concert touring (The Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd, and Barbra Streisand, etc.), produced Emmy Award-winning films (“Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” and “John Lennon: The New York Years”), films for the big screen (Live at the Max and Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light) and Billboard’s Creative Content Award-winning Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! He is a multiple award winner, receiving Emmy, Tony (Spamalot) and Juno awards, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Music Hall of Fame and was the first recipient of Billboard’s Legend of Live Award. Michael has been producing theatre and live entertainment for almost 40 years. Among other productions he was the lead producer of the Broadway productions of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and A Night With Janis Joplin and is the lead producer of Rock of Ages on Broadway.
Alan is the founder of Ginger Productions and has been involved in musical theatre for many years. Credits include Music Director of The King and I, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, Side by Side by Sondheim, and many other shows. Original Producer of A Night With Janis Joplin on Broadway.
My husband Jerry Ragovoy moved from Philadelphia to NYC to compose for Broadway, but became a leading R&B song- writer/producer. Following Janis’ iconic covers of his songs, Jerry wrote “I’m Gonna Rock My Way to Heaven” for her. He saw the Portland premiere and loved it. Best of all, LOML, your legacy now includes Broadway!
Founded by Phillip Drayer, the company produces spectacular live entertainment and through its subsidiary “35 Concerts” presents performances by headline entertainers. Current productions include Dinosaur Zoo Live, and A Night with Janis Joplin. Headliners include Tony Bennett and Tim McGraw.
Jerry and his brother, AJ, own Metro Night Club, in Jacksonville, Florida, and produced “Role Of A Lifetime,” “10 Attitudes,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Song,” and Christina Crawford's, “Surviving Mommie Dearest.” Special Thanks: Kyle Walkenhorst, R.J., Ashleigh Sleiman, Hunter Sleiman, Bob & Celeste Blackman, Sharon, Jay, Dan, Todd, Cast & Crew!
Herb is the founder of Philadelphia’s Electric Factory Concerts, the East Coast’s premier concert promotion agency, which produced rock and roll’s greatest acts, from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to Elton John, Madonna and many more. Herb lives in Philadelphia with his wife Marcia and has four children.
Bill Ham, founder of Lone Wolf Management, Hamstein Music Group and Lone Wolf Films, created a group of entities dedicated to artists and their art. The result included his music publishing companies being recognized as the second-largest independent in the world and in the top seven of all companies, corporate and independent. Bill was also awarded Music Artist Manager of the Year in both rock and country genres.
Jeremiah H. Harris is the founder of PRG, a leading supplier of entertainment technology. Jere revolutionized scenic automation with Stage Command® motion control system, used on hundreds of shows, including The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Recently, Jere co-produced the amazing turnaround of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, regarded as the most technically complex show ever staged on Broadway.
Darren P. Deverna is CEO, Global Theatrical for Production Resource Group, responsible for the company’s global theatrical division, which includes Broadway, the West End and touring theatrical productions. He is also an investor in the Charing Cross Theatre in London and serves on the board for the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Corey Brunish / Brisa Trinchero: Tonys (Porgy and Bess, Pippin) Beautiful, Mothers and Sons, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bonnie & Clyde, Lucky Guy, CD's: Lizzie, Pippin, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Grammy Nominated CD: Nice Work If You Can Get It. www.makemusicals.com
Keith Mardak is Chairman/ CEO of Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest music print publisher. A former ASCAP board member, he is currently on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Mardak earned an honorary doctorate from VanderCook College of Music and received the Abe Olman Publishers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Claudio Loureiro lives in Brazil. He is the president and founder of Heads, the advertising agency. He believes Broadway provides the perfect scenario to promote a premise he believes as an ad man: “Efficient communication is good for your life and your business.” He would like to thank his family and Stephen Tenenbaum.
Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture as producer of Midnight in Paris and Golden Globe winner for Best Picture as producer of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Tenenbaum has produced more than a dozen theatrical motion pictures. He is associated with the author and composer of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon and in 2008 was the executive producer of Marguerite, which played at the Haymarket Theatre in the West End of London.
Retired recently from a Real Estate Private Equity Investment firm of which he was a Founder more than 19 years ago, David, a CPA by background and his wife, Cher (retired from the Financial Software Business), are both currently doing consulting and business advisory work and very involved in Philanthropy and Non Profit work
Mike Stoller is one half of the songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller. Their many hit songs are featured in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. Corky Hale, jazz pianist/harpist, has recorded and performed with Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and others.
Susan spent 17 years in NY and L.A. as an entertainment publicist and partner in a leading public relations firm, working with Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and many others. In 2000, DuBow moved to Florida to raise her daughter. Her work for Community Hospice’s pediatric program won her the 2006 “Eve Award for Volunteerism.”
Tanya Grubich brings 26 years of experience specializing in strategic marketing, advertising and brand management for theatrical productions and worked on at least 80 shows over her career. She has deep experience in Broadway, arenas, tents and Las Vegas. Previous clients include Stomp, The Producers, Cirque Du Soleil and the Hollywood Bowl.
Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theatre, celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2015. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards.
Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is a national center dedicated to the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, it is the largest U.S. company dedicated to American plays and playwrights. www.arenastage.org