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Kelly is from Newton, MA and she has been singing since the second grade, and writing for Musical Theatre since high school. She graduated from the Hartt School of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and moved on to join the tour of “A Night With Janis Joplin” as Janis.
SD: What can you tell us about the show?
KM: “A Night With Janis Joplin” is a concert and pays homage to her as a musician and her biggest musical influences. The show also breaks through any preconceived notions you may have of her as a person.
SD: How did you prepare for your role as Janis Joplin?
KM: Like most people, I knew of her greatest hits. Thank goodness for YouTube! It was a big help in doing research and preparation. I watch all the videos of concert and interview clips to really get her vocals and physical mannerisms.
SD: What did you learn about Janis’ personal life and music that you didn’t know before?
KM: I didn’t know that she wrote some of her own music. Since I am also a song writer too, I thought that was a cool connection. She also was a painter. I love that she was just not a musician, but she has so many other creative outlets.
SD: What is your favorite Joplin song to perform?
KM: “Piece of My Heart” – I love it because it’s the first song that the audience really knows. When I am singing it feels like I am a rock star. Also, I love performing “Maybe” which is a cover by The Chantels.
SD: Besides you, there are also performances by Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, and Nina Simone along with a few more. How did these legends influence Janis’ life and your life?
KM: After doing a lot of research on them, I now understand why Janis looked up to them. They were all trailblazers in the music industry for their times. I also love that they are all strong and unapologetic women who were never afraid to be themselves. They sang songs about pain, suffering, and their struggle and I think Janis really appreciated that about them. Besides be talented and creative, they are respectable and have all become legends. That speaks volumes for the kind of women they were.
For more information about Kelly, visit www.kellymcintyre.com. To purchase tickets to see her perform at the Shubert theatre January 19-20th visit www.bochcenter.org