Marie and Rosetta
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Marie and Rosetta

Marie and Rosetta NYC Reviews and Tickets

(169 Ratings)
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Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful

About the Show

Atlantic Theater Company presents the world premiere of George Brant's play about music legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe's collaboration with Marie Knight, which culminated in a career-defining tour.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (169)

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548 Reviews | 1904 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Those two women can sing!!! Wow! The thin-ish story is actually just the right size. The acting and singing is it. Superb. Moving.

Don't see it if You don't like bluesy gospel. But I saw give it a try. The performances shine.

106 Reviews | 14 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great voices

See it if you like music and a true story

Don't see it if you don't like above

69 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a different kind of musical beautifully sung

Don't see it if you don't like gospel music

118 Reviews | 26 Followers
Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to be transported to somewhere you've never been. A funeral home in the Deep South with a pair of wonderful Gospel singers.

Don't see it if You don't like Gospel or you sislike shows With a confusing time line.

194 Reviews | 37 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You have not seen a show that really moves you with singing and a touching story.

Don't see it if Are not a fan of gospel*ish great singing and moving stories.

65 Reviews | 34 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you want to see a wonderful performance from two talented actors and two talented musicians.

Don't see it if you don't like to hear signing in a play.

122 Reviews | 20 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You enjoy character-driven stories and appreciate women's friendship and music. You are a music fan (it's gorgeous!)

Don't see it if You don't enjoy semi-musical formats. The songs don't drive action (as in traditional musicals) but serve to build the women's relationship.

183 Reviews | 54 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like to musicals with a little bit of gospel. You like a historical story told by ones memory in a unique way

Don't see it if If you dont like musicals or gospel or history

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
September 14th, 2016

"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."
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Time Out New York
September 14th, 2016

"George Brant’s drama, unsentimentally directed by Neil Pepe, is peppered with evocative detail, and it incorporates its biographical material gracefully...Rosetta’s incipient mentorship of Marie is capably rendered...Lewis and Jones sing superbly…As the play goes on, the dialogue starts to seem more and more like segues between musical numbers, but it’s hard to complain. You don’t have to be religious to know when you’re in the presence of glory."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 14th, 2016

"The scenes are basically just a delivery system for the music, which is only sufficient because the songs are so ecstatically exciting. On the other hand, songs this good set a high bar, and the play leaves you wishing to have understood more, and believed more, about these women and their times than its jukebox structure permits. Brant seems to write from index cards...Kecia Lewis takes the role of Tharpe by the neck and shakes it for all it’s worth."
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September 14th, 2016

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
September 14th, 2016

"As theater, 'Marie and Rosetta' makes a great concert…The scenario ends up being little more than an excuse for Lewis and Jones to perform…The two actresses deliver a series of thrilling vocals that threaten to tear the roof off the theater. But for all the excitement both the music and the terrific performances provide, the evening gets bogged down in dialogue filled with expository details that fails to impart any deep insight into the real-life figures."
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September 28th, 2016

"The story of Rosetta and her stage partner Marie is brought to vivid life, but their music is what steals the show...The exposition is rather clunky. But the performances are remarkable...Rosetta was a child prodigy on the gospel circuit and Lewis sings her like the second coming. Rebecca Naomi Jones is equally gifted as the younger Marie...Director Pepe wisely allows the music to carry the day. With this much talent, when these ladies get cooking, it's a religious experience."
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September 14th, 2016

"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!'"
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September 20th, 2016

"A swift and enjoyable bio-drama…Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kecia Lewis are both fine singing actors who are giving excellent performances…While a dramatic twist at the end doesn't quite land, it works as a vehicle to provide information about what happened to the two later in life. If ‘Marie and Rosetta’ is somewhat lacking in storytelling, the excitement of watching Jones and Lewis whole-heartedly present a taste of their artistry is well worth a visit."
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