"One Night with Janis Joplin," a concert-as-theatre tribute to the iconic singer, is headed back to the District, where it sold out Arena Stage in its first run last fall. A few newbies joined the cast just in time to experience a D.C. summer, such as Kim Yarbrough, best known nationally as a contestant on last season's "The Voice."
Yarbrough calls her part as the Blues Singer in the Randy Johnson play a "dream role."
"I get to explore every avenue and every genre of music that I've ever been trained in," Yarbrough told Yeas & Nays. "I've always wanted people to accept me as a versatile artist instead of trying to pigeonhole me."
"The Voice" helped with that. Yarbrough did not win the singing competition, but she learned how to "finesse" the difference between stage and television performances. "One of the big things I learned from Adam [Levine] and Robin [Thicke] is you gotta learn when to 'tame the beast' and sometimes less is more," she said. Since "The Voice," Yarbrough has guest starred on "Vegas" and "2 Broke Girls," and will next appear in the Nickelodeon series "Haunted Hathaways." She also released a new single, "Brand New Day," last month.
Of course, now she's back onstage. "I gotta let the beast back out ... now," she laughed.
The play runs June 21 to August 11 at Arena Stage and tickets are available at arenastage.org or 202-488-3300.