Love, Janis - written by : Diana Rexhepi
What took place on November 8/08 Saturday evening
in the Zagreb municipal theater "Comedy" can be described as a most
impressive cultural and musical event in the recent Croatian
It was the opening night of the biographical
music story "Love, Janis" that in a packed house of the "Comedy"
theatre by its quality stood out and outperformed all similar or
less similar cultural and musical shows produced in Croatia in the
last 20 years. The story told from the other side of a too short a
life of the last-century's greatest female rock-star, Janis Joplin,
and the live performance of her greatest hits provoked in the
audience a deep emotional charge, raptures, screaming, tears out of
enthusiasm and even crying aloud of some audience members.
The most responsible for eliciting such emotions
in the audience is Zdenka Kovačiček whose performance of Janis's
hits, accompanied by the playing of the very best Zagreb
rock-musicians, swept away all we have seen so far in musical shows
since Croatia has become the independent state. But it was by no
means a perfectly reconstructed Janis's look in costumes worn by
Zdenka Kovačiček that knocked the audience off its feet.
By her voice as well as by the typical stage
movements of the 1960s Zdenka Kovačiček as Janis Joplin gave so
authentic and thoroughbred performance that now and then it seemed
like Janis herself had resurrected and sung in the Zagreb "Comedy"
That's what makes this show, which will be a lot
written and heard of even outside Croatia, so special. There's also
an interesting commentary made by an experienced female musician who
after the show said that it's questionable whether Janis herself, if
alive, would be able to sing in a row all her hits like Summertime,
Me and Bobby McGee, Cry Baby, Mercedes Benz, Try...
Even after 50 years of her career, the phenomenon
known as Zdenka Kovačiček, herself a music institution, is able to
surprise, provoke, elate and enrapture. In a magnificent and
sophisticated way this phenomenon has been dictating music taste to
the Croatian audience and shaping its sensibility.
Indeed, Zdenka Kovačiček is one of the
highest-quality female artists emerged in Croatia in the last
You can also read some of the acclaiming reviews from the
Croatian press (in Croatian):
Burne ovacije broadwayskom hitu 'S
for the Brodway hit : Love, Janis)
Janis oživjela u glasu i glumi Zdenke
(Autor ŽELJKO SLUNJSKI)
S ljubavlju, Janis (Autor