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A Moment with Sabrina Elayne Carten and Kimberly Yarbrough
Cast Members of the Hit Show “One Night With Janis Joplin” at
The Pasadena Playhouse By: Katrina Nairne
The music and artists represented in One Night With Janis Joplin have influenced both
Sabrina Elayne Carten, playing the “Blues Singer” in the production, and Kimberly
Yarbrough, playing a “Joplinaire” and alternate performer for the “Blues Singer,”
personally. One Night With Janis Joplin is a theatrical concert event that transports the
audience back to the late 60s for a live show with the legendary rock icon, Janis Joplin,
celebrating her music and spirit for one short evening.
Kimberly Yarbrough (Photo by Jim Cox)
“I have always loved music and listened to various artists and styles. The music of the
'60s and '70s was some of my favorites from Motown, to Staxx, to psychedelic rock. The
music of Joplin, Hendrix, Franklin among my favorites,” shares the classically trained
vocalist and actress Sabrina Elayne Carten. “When I got the role of the ‘Blues Singer’ I
began to listen not just to Odetta, Nina, Aretha and Bessie but to Dinah Washington, Big
Momma Thornton and Billie Holiday too. In order to better understand the style, the
phrasing and also the history of these artists and the times.”
“From the time I was a child, any time I ever saw any footage of Janis Joplin performing,
I was always spellbound. I really didn't know how to process all that passion and
intensity as a child, I just knew I wanted some of that,” Kim Yarbrough reflects. Being
from Memphis, Tennessee, I cut my teeth on the blues, so I feel very close to the music in
this show, and all of its roots. Singing this music feels natural to me, like I've been doing
it my entire life . . . because I have.”
Sabrina Elayne Carten, having been with One Night With Janis Joplin since its premiere
in Portland, Oregon, has witnessed amazing development that has both strengthened the
show, making the experience even more powerful. While Carten had the opportunity to
be a part of this development, she found that some of the most dynamic changes were the
tightening of dialogue, as well as the addition of duets, and the polishing of “Spirit in The
Dark,” the show-stopping number that ends Act One. Contrastingly, Kim Yarbrough (a
finalist on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” had the exciting chance to become a part of this
breathtaking production after it had already performed to sold-out crowds in Portland,
Cleveland and Washington, D.C.. Yarbrough shared that “it's nice to be on a moving
train—and a fast moving one, I might add.”
Sabrina Elayne Carten as the Blues Singer (Photo by Jim Cox)
Carten believes she has been fortunate enough to see, first-hand, while working on One
Night With Janis Joplin that “in all honesty music can take many forms, but it still has to
be cherished and respected. Joplin did just that; as these women inspired her she
maintained a respect for the music and added her I own style and personality. She didn't
try to copy or imitate.” She continued that “in doing this role I strive to be true to the
music—but not imitate these phenomenal women—by adding my own personality, while
staying true to the styling of the various periods.”
A particularly significant aspect of One Night With Janis Joplin is “that you discover so
much about Janis, the ‘person,’ not the ‘personality and the fable.’ This show humanizes
a legend,” Yarbrough explains. “Prior to being a part of this show, I had no idea that Janis
was influenced by so many African American female singers. You feel it in her soul
when she sings, but knowing it was a fact makes me look at Janis so differently now. I
would have loved to have known her personally.” A quality production is one that leaves
its audience longing for more, let alone its cast.
Both Carten and Yarbrough personally connect with the music put forth by Janis and the
inspiring blues singers emulated in One Night With Janis Joplin. Carten explains, “what
inspires me most about these women is the fact that they were all trailblazers. They were
not afraid to take musical risks. They took those risks with lyrics, fashion and political
ideas.” Yarbrough’s stance on the effect these powerhouse women had on society
parallels Carten’s in many ways.
Yarbrough informs us that, “in a time when Civil Rights was new territory, what these
women had to say was not just the soundtrack to the movement; it pushed the movement
along. It was also the beginning of the end of a time when the most the average woman
could hope for was to live in the shadow of her husband. I believe the songs that these
women sang made the world sit up and take notice, because they effectively said, “Look!
You too can have an opinion that is your own!” However, Yarbrough does not believe
“these singers were thinking about making an impact on society. I believe they were just
expressing the music in them. They had to, no matter what. It was a calling-- some kind
of compelling drive to say what they had to say through their songs.”
Both of these awe-inspiring performers are extremely grateful to be a part of the brilliant
production, One Night With Janis Joplin. Both also value the historical significance
these artistically endowed women had on, not only the music of their time, but the
societal shifts as well. The production’s remarkable cast put great value in the historical
significance of the extraordinarily talented women honored through this superb journey
through a magnificent era of our nation’s musical history.
Carten recognizes the magnificence of the production she is a part of, helping the
nation to remember its musical diversity; “this is such an incredible show, I am
awestruck by its message and the way the audiences have received it. I'm grateful to
have my talents and feelings channeled into it.”
Yarbrough remembers her childhood, idolizing these women as she grew up in the
era being showcased: “I am most grateful that I get to tell my own story about that
entire era. I lived it, so I feel so blessed that I get to share my own interpretation
about what it was like growing up, watching Janis Joplin skyrocket from obscurity to
a household name in a matter of what seemed like minutes.”
One Night With Janis Joplin is not only a production for Janis Joplin fans, but for all
lovers of the particular musical eras showcased. This production transports patrons
of The Pasadena Playhouse, as well as across the nation, to a span of time in history
considered relevant in today’s society.
“Music, from its very beginning, has been the greatest voice of every generation,”
states Carten. “Come and see a radical moment in American music. You will leave
energized, amazed and just maybe a fan.”
"You would not believe the impact that African American women like Aretha
Franklin, Etta James and Nina Simone had on Janis Joplin. That is all shown in this
show,” explains Yarbrough. “It's not just Janis Joplin singing her songs. It shows the
history of how Janis came to make these songs her own after being inspired by
them. You get to tie all the pieces together and really know what an incredible artist
Janis really was, and how her influences were larger than life themselves. This show
is not just about Janis Joplin. It's also about YOU."”
One Night With Janis Joplin is a production that allows us all to step back, and enjoy a
night remembrance for an era of immense musical and historical significance.
“I hope that they see our joy and camaraderie on stage, and that their appreciation
for this show inspires them to support local and national live theater,” Carten says of
the patrons who will enjoy this national tour.
“The biggest kick I get each evening is looking out into the audience and seeing the
reactions of pure joy on the faces that remember the songs of their youth,” gleams
Yarbrough. “Those looks are priceless and I will never forget them. I hope we
continue to provide that joy for everyone that occupies a seat during our run at the
One Night With Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, is a full on
concert experience and musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock
‘n’ roll’s greatest legends. This outstanding musical also shines a spotlight on the
great African American blues artists who influenced Janis’ musical style and career,
including Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. This new musical event
features Joplin hits and classic songs such as “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,”
“Me and Bobby McGee,” “Ball and Chain” and “Summertime” with a live on stage
band – creating a compelling portrait of an artist through the words and music of
one of America’s greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll icons.
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