Originally posted on Variety:
Janis Joplin, who died 43 years ago, was an active recording musician for only three years. She produced four studio albums, a mere two of which were under her own name, and only three of which came out in her lifetime. She composed a handful of songs, and her lone No. 1 pop hit, “Me and Bobby McGee,” was a posthumous release. Yet despite such a limited commercial output, Joplin’s status as a cultural icon has remained almost weirdly steadfast throughout the decades. And as her legacy continues to be explored in theater, music, books and (most contentiously) film, the question of how best to remember the towering vocalist remains open for debate.
It was just this fall that a jukebox musical, “A Night With Janis Joplin,” moved from its launchpad at the Pasadena Playhouse to Broadway. It was the second musical to be produced in cooperation with the Joplin…
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