Jazz & Janis…@ the Catalina

It was a special Mother’s Day night, quite like no other indeed, as the Tony nominated star of “A Night With Janis Joplin,” Mary Bridget Davies graced the stage at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.  Janis certainly ‘rocked the crowd,’ and tried ‘even a little bit harder,’ with a mix of  folk songs, rock and blues.  Her rendition of “Take a Little Piece of my Heart” aptly deemed the Queen Of Rock & Roll, Janis Joplin as a singer/performer I’ve never heard or seen the likes or calibre of until Davies came onstage!  Despite her turbulent past and inner turmoils, Janis always sang her heart out and was credibly portrayed by Davies. Davies tributes her mom (who was in the audience) to her rising success: “This is a song I brought to my mom…from my performance on Star Search (the original American Idol!) in a dance competition open category.” She continued on by belting “You can reach me by aero-plane; you can reach me by speedboat;” I don’t care how you get here…”. Davies, with a heart and soul filled with gratitude, told the audience, “I love that I get to do what I love to do, and it’s because of you!  Everyday is a holiday, not just Mother’s Day or Sunday , when I get to perform !”  Every song Mary Bridget Davies sang comes to teach, inspire and even make you cry.  She and pianist/musical director Ryan Sudick have navigated lifeover six years together. Davies profoundly stated that now that she’s a mom, every song brings even more joy.  As “children are the greatest love of all,” this song was particularly sentimental on Mother’s day .  And of course, no tribute to Janis Joplin would be complete without “me and Bobby McGee!” Timeless songs, with messages still the same today.


About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at www.examiner.com and www.tolucantimes.com my email is bonniedeb13@hotmail.com
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