So, as you may or may not have read recently, the cast of The Realistic Joneses had their ’greet the press day’ last week. Starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei, previews will begin on March 13th. Did I mention its being directed by Sam Gold? Yeah, he’s kind of awesome. The show is “an outrageous, inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share.”
I’ve teamed up with the fantastic folks at The Realistic Joneses to give you guys the opportunity to win two passes not to see a performance, but the final dress rehearsal. For those not in the industry, the final dress rehearsal is always the night before previews begin (usually) and is “invite only” for producers, writers, friends of the cast, etc.
Well, now one of you guys can go too! As you could probably guess, the invited dress is at the Lyceum Theatre on March 12th. So, if you’re around that night, you could be one of the lucky ones to go and check this show out before anyone else.
To win: All you have to do is follow my blog and reblog this post, OR tweet this post and why you should win.
Winners will be chosen via a random name generator on March 8th. Good luck!
Eleven years ago I saw Love, Janis off-broadway at what is now known as Le Poisson Rouge. It was my first exposure to the blues rocker’s music and although I totally enjoyed it, it was probably the last time I heard any of her music until last Tuesday night when I was invited to see a performance of A Night With Janis Joplin at the Lyceum Theatre.
The story was similar to that of Love, Janis (as in it was the story of her life) except it also focused on the blues singers who influenced Joplin greatly, such as Nina Simone, Odetta, and Aretha Franklin. The audience was treated to a platter of Joplin’s greatest songs, as well as those from her influences.
The audience was full of baby boomers who were jumping in their seats with joy, and standing after most of the larger numbers. It was thrilling, to say the least. I imagine it’s how I’ll act at a Broadway show about Green Day’s career in the distant future.
The entire cast was great, but special mention must be given to Mary Bridget Davies who flawlessly portrayed Joplin. My friend who was with me told me he thought she sounded exactly like the real thing. My only criticism of A Night With Janis Joplin was the length. It was two and a half hours long, including an intermission. It would’ve been just as enjoyable to skip the intermission and cut it down to an hour and forty five minutes.
Other than that: A Night with Janis Joplin is a good night indeed.
Full disclosure: Tickets were provided by the producers.