Marie and Rosetta
By GEORGE BRANT
Directed by NEIL PEPE
Linda Gross Theater
August 24 – October 16, 2016
Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.
A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of ‘race records’ in the 30’s and 40’s, who performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club, who was a big enough star to fill a baseball stadium for her third wedding, but ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia.
Obie Award | Performance | Kecia Lewis
Cast & Creative
“Mighty music-making! Brant has a ripe character in Rosetta, whom he depicts as a big-hearted woman of rock-firm faith who nevertheless finds room for hip-shaking and earthy humor. Ms. Lewis and Ms. Jones have beautiful voices. The music, played with verve by Felicia Collins and Deah Harriott is roof raising. When it sings, it really swings!”
Charles Isherwood, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Heavenly! You don’t have to be religious to know you’re in the presence of glory!”
Adam Feldman, TIME OUT NEW YORK
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