REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Marie and Rosetta” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Sep 15, 2016
“Marie and Rosetta,” written by George Brant and directed by Neil Pepe, opened on September 14, 2016 in New York City. “Marie and Rosetta,” written by George Brant and directed by Neil Pepe, opened on September 14, 2016 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 80.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"Music, more than the rather slender threads of bio-drama, forms the spine and provides the allure in ‘Marie and Rosetta'…Fortunately, there is plenty of music to divert us when the dialogue dawdles. Both Ms. Lewis and Ms. Jones have beautiful voices, and they do blend smoothly...Because the music is roof-raising, I would have preferred to tip the balance more toward songs...‘Marie and Rosetta’ sometimes sags, but when it sings, it really swings."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 90
"A delightful new play…A not-to-be-missed example of what the theater can do with music…’Marie and Rosetta’ smartly incorporates music without falling into the traps that so often accompany contemporary musical theater…The songs come naturally and regularly add to the emotional resonance of the play...An intimate story about the relationship between two women, and the way they lift each other up through music. It's enough to make the theater faithful stand up and shout 'Hallelujah!'"
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 75
"Playwright George Brant has written a perfunctory script about the first rehearsal of this legendary team, but since the biographical details are so thin, it’s all about the glorious voices…As a story framework, it’s corny as hell, but it works well enough to support the singers and their celestial voices. Lewis is a force of nature, and when she unleashes her powerhouse voice on rockin’ versions of gospel classics the church roof elevates."

“Marie and Rosetta” was also reviewed by Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Suzanna Bowling of Times Square Chronicles, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Linda Winer of Newsday, and Keith Paul Medelis of Theatre is Easy.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 58 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful

Joseph 2, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to see two great performances and are interested in the gospel roots of rock and roll." 
Don't see it if…"You don't respond at all to gospel music."
Joe 5, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You want to learn about the lives of performers forgotten by today's population in a show that is entertaining and informative." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like musical biographies."
Justin, ShowScore: 87
See it if…"You love great vocal performances and acting, and you have some interest in music and civil rights history." 
Don't see it if…"You want a play that really delves deeply into the history it is portraying."

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