The sounds of Janis Joplin come to Dixon

November 9, 2017 GMT

DIXON – Even if you didn’t grow up in the ’60s, you have likely heard, and know, the music of Janis Joplin.

“Me and Bobby McGee.” “Piece of My Heart.” “Mercedes Benz.” That voice. Oh, that voice.

And while Joplin’s voice was silenced in 1970, her music lives on. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, that music will be brought to life at the Historic Dixon Theatre when the curtain goes up on Broadway’s “A Night With Janis Joplin,” the third CUE Theatrical production at the theater this season.

High, husky, earthy, explosive. All of those words would describe Joplin’s voice, among the most distinctive and galvanizing in rock history. Joplin didn’t merely possess a great instrument; she threw herself into every syllable.

Kelly McIntyre stars in Saturday’s production. She’ll rock the stage with the backing Joplinaires and a band.

Saturday morning, a 53-foot semi and two tour buses will pull into the alley next to the theater, and a cast of six award-winning Broadway actresses, members of an eight-piece band and a crew of 32 will begin the staging scramble.

The performance will be under the direction of CUE’s technical director, Scott Fattizzi, who is already in Dixon preparing for the show.