Theater space is so tight on Broadway right now that as soon as a show announces it’s closing, another one moves right in. A Night with Janis Joplin will be ending its run at the Lyceum Theater in February and Will Eno’s The Real Joneses will begin previews there on March 13 in advance of an April 6th opening.
Joplin, written by Randy Johnson, opened on Oct. 10. The show stars Mary Bridget Davies as the titular legendary rock singer who soared to fame in the 1960s but died at 27 in 1970 from a drug overdose.
Joplin closes on February 9, and the producers have stated they plan to re-open the jukebox musical at another venue in New York in March. “We are tremendously proud of this show, and excited about the many people who want to see A Night with Janis Joplin in New York. We are finalizing a wonderful option to move to another venue in New York City. Our intention is to solidify our new location in the next few weeks and to reopen in March,” producers Daniel Chilewich, Todd Gershwin and Michael Cohl said in a statement.
The Realistic Joneses is Will Eno’s comedy-drama about two suburban couples who share the same last name and existential angst. The play premiered to critical acclaim at Yale Repertory Theatre and marks the playwright’s Broadway debut. His previous Off-Broadway productions include Thom Pain (based on nothing), Middletown and Title and Deed. Obie winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation) directs an all-star, four-person cast consisting of Toni Collette (Hostages, The United States of Tara), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Marisa Tomei (Oscar winner for My Cousin Vinny), and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Tracey Letts (August: Osage County).