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.
Scenic and Lighting Design
Broadway: Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike; The Other Place; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. NYC: Here Lies Love and Juan and John (Public Theater); Galileo and Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company); Milk Like Sugar, Mr. Burns (Playwrights Horizons); Luck of the Irish and On The Levee (LCT3); Opus (Primary Stages); Speech and Debate (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Beauty on the Vine and Palace of the End (Epic Theatre). Assistant Professor Brooklyn College. www.justintownsend.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.
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.
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!
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
Music Director, Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Broadway Debut! Ross has been with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN since its premiere at Portland Center Stage in 2011. Regional Credits: Bat Boy: The Musical, The Fantasticks, West Side Story, Cabaret, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Jekyll & Hyde, They're Playing Our Song, & Chicago. When not playing with JANIS, he is an active writer and composer and leads the rock band, Echo Helstrom. Love to wife, Leah Yorkston.
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
Production Stage Manager
Broadway: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Magic/Bird, The Miracle Worker, In The Heights, Grey Gardens, Lestat, The Glass Menagerie, Bombay Dreams, Hairspray, Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds From Broadway, Footloose and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Off-Broadway: If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet and In The Heights. Regional: Little Miss Sunshine.
Assistant Stage Manager
Broadway credits: The Heiress, Harvey, Follies, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Red, Present Laughter, The Philanthropist, The Seagull, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pygmalion. Other credits: Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Little Dog Laughed, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Mr. Marmalade.
Over 65 Broadway productions and tours. Recent: The Glass Menagerie, Romeo & Juliet, Forever Tango, The Trip to Bountiful, Cinderella, Glengarry Glen Ross, Newsies, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. HTA is part of the HUDSON family which includes Hudson Scenic Studio and Hudson Sound & Light.
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.
Maggie Brohn, Amy Jacobs, Devin Keudell and Nina Lannan are partners and manage Broadway musicals and plays, tours and concerts. This Season on Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Motown: The Musical, After Midnight, Twelfth Night/Richard III and Rocky. Past productions include Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Clybourne Park, CATS, Billy Elliot and The Color Purple.
Jack Viertel was the creative consultant on A Christmas Story and Hairspray and has produced numerous Broadway shows, including Finian's Rainbow and Radio Golf and is Senior Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters. He’s worked with playwrights from August Wilson to Tony Kushner and is Artistic Director of Encores! at New York City Center. He conceived the hit revue Smokey Joe's Cafe and this season’s After Midnight, and began his career playing slide guitar behind Bonnie Raitt, in the era of Janis.
Daniel Chilewich is a New York-based entertainment producer of musicals, live events and television, including the regional theater tour of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. Additional producing credits include Here to Stay, the national tour of 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. 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 theater, television production and events. Most recently, Todd produced the record-breaking tour of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at major regional theaters throughout the country. Todd’s producing credits also include the Harold Arlen celebration Over the Rainbow, Here to Stay, the Gershwin musical ‘S Wonderful, the national tour of Tony Award®-winning Blast, and the new musical with multiple Grammy Award®-winning artist BeBe Winans. Todd is proud graduate from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Michele live in Westchester with their daughters Avery and Elana.
For 40 years Michael Cohl has proceed some of the world's greatest entertainment, pioneered worldwide touring (The Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd and Barbra Streisand), produced Emmy Award® winning films (Pete Seeger: Power of Song and John Lennon: The New York Years), films for the big screen (Live at the Max and Scorsese's Shine a Light), Billboard's Creative Content award winning Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! and received the honor of promoter of the year many times. He is a multiple award winner receiving Emmy®, Tony® and Juno awards, Canada's Walk of Fame, Music Hall of Fame and the first recipient of Billboard's Legend of Live Award.
Grammy®‐winning and Emmy®‐nominated producer Jeff Jampol is the President of Jampol Artist Management, Inc. (JAM, Inc), which manages The Doors, Ramones and the Estates of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Tupac Shakur, Otis Redding, Henry Mancini, Peter Tosh and Rick James. JAM, Inc is also a consultant to The Estate of Michael Jackson.
Founded by Stephen Cook and Phillip Drayer, TCG offers a broad range of entertainment services: producing spectacular shows and concerts; offering professional representation to wide variety of artists; promoting concerts and other events; and investing in quality productions.
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, Christina 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.
After 35 years as a theatrical lighting designer, producing since 2009: Broadway: Four Tony Awards®: Vanya/Sonia/Masha/Spike, The Norman Conquests, La Cage Aux Folles, Memphis. Also: La Bête, Lend Me A Tenor, A Little Night Music, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Cinderella. West End: Hair, Betrayal, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Michael J. Moritz Jr.: B'way producer (Big Fish, Beautiful, Evita US Tour), record producer (Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz), music director, conductor, arranger, pianist. michaelmoritz.com. Corey Brunish / Brisa Trinchero; Tony® winners: Pippin, Porgy & Bess. Peter & the Starcatcher (Tony® nomination). Grammy® nomination (Nice Work If You Can Get It).
Founded by Alan Shorr, Ginger Productions is comprised of professionals who believe in musical theatre. Ginger Productions’ goal is to take our love of the arts and make things come alive. As members of the 60s generation we are proud to share the iconic music with all age groups.
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.
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.
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 for 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.
My husband Jerry Ragovoy moved from Philadelphia to NYC to compose for Broadway, but became a leading R&B songwriter/producer. Following Janis's 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!
Mike Stoller is one half of the songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller. Their many hit songs are featured in Smokey Joe's Café, 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.
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.
Susan Dubow spent 17 years in NY and LA 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.
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.
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. Thanks to Kyle Walkenhorst, Ashleigh Sleiman, Hunter Sleiman, Sharon, Todd, Dan, the entire JANIS JOPLIN team, family and friends.
Herb Spivak is the founder of Philadelphia’s Electric Factory Concerts, the East Coast’s premiere concert promotion agency that 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.
Red Awning, a division of Jujamcyn Theaters, provides a full range of executive producing services, under the direction of Nicole Kastrinos. Broadway: Soul Doctor, Forever Tango, Manilow on Broadway, Clybourne Park, Lombardi, The Miracle Worker, Finian’s Rainbow, A Bronx Tale, August Wilson’s Radio Golf. Regional: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
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