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. More…
A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her own time, bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of ‘race records’ in the '30s and '40s, who performed at churches in the morning and the Cotton Club in the evening. She was a big enough star to fill a baseball stadium for her third wedding, but ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia. 'Marie and Rosetta' chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of history's great musical duos.
See it if Beautiful story of friendship and support. Great music, singing, acting. Heart-warming. Thoroughly enjoyable. For any audiences.
Don't see it if You don't like Godspell or have a judgmental view on the broadness of religious interpretation.
See it if You enjoy bio musicals and want to see a well crafted true story. Lewis & Jones have powerhouse vocals & have excellent chemistry together.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in bio-musicals, or the time period or style of music.
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.
See it if Knock-out singing & acting by Jones & Lewis elevate a better than usual bio-drama. Chamber musical nicely staged by Pepe
Don't see it if Expecting to learn more than surface details of Sister Rosetta's life; "Say-What!" ending mars overall experience
See it if You like gospel music sung by 2 dynamic women, stories about racial issues in 1940's America & great African-American female singers
Don't see it if You're not interested in gospel singing, historical biographies, dramas that break for music, plays without a lot of action
See it if you like music to take you to church. The music and performances are as electric as the two actors' chemistry.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy gospel music--or you have no soul.
See it if you want to see a powerhouse performance by Kecia Lewis with amazing singing, perfect comedic timing, and real tears.
Don't see it if you're looking for a "musical." This is really more of a play which includes several songs within the context of a concert rehearsal
See it if You enjoy gospel music and an interesting take on the evolution of this music in America. You want to hear some good music.
Don't see it if You find discussions about what is sinful boring. But it is fascinating to learn that some thought taking gospel out of the church was evil
See it if you like a biographical story with 2 amazing voices singing rousing gospel & R&B music even if the dialogue is sometimes thin
Don't see it if you don't like plays with abrupt ends, where 3 years are summarized in final dialogue; or offended by discussions of what is Christian music
See it if You like gospel singing cause that is 80% of play. Loud.
Don't see it if You want a good story. This barely tells the bio of Rosetta. Just an excuse for singing. The two women don't even play their own instruments
Also And in real life they did. Musicians are behind the stage.
See it if You enjoy well performed gospel music with a rock and roll beat and have an interest in history of music.
Don't see it if You don't like great music.
See it if Gospel and R&B music light your fire & touch your soul. Bio play w/music. SEE IT when it returns. K Lewis & R Jones were vocally perfect.
Don't see it if like me you don't enjoy shows w/out intermissions. I survived another one, barely. Bittersweet and VERY surprising ending. Well worth it.
See it if You want to learn about the lives of performers forgotten by today's population that is entertaining and informative
Don't see it if You don't like musical biographies
See it if You love gospel music, great performances, and a true story of struggle, success, and relationship.
Don't see it if If you dislike the gospel sound of Sister Rosetta!
See it if You like biographical-based performances. I was so moved, that I want to learn more about the lives of these two singing dynamos.
Don't see it if You do not like gospel music, or a 2-character performance.
See it if You like gospel and blues music presented in an greatly entertaining way by two fine actor-singers.
Don't see it if You cannot overcome book writing that does not rise to level of the expert singing and musical arrangements.
See it if enjoy great performances from two very talented ladies.
Don't see it if you have no interest in gospel music or historical/biographical stories, even so, the fabulous cast makes it worth it.
See it if You like spiced-up gospel singing. You appreciate superb voices.
Don't see it if You object to the cast pretending they're playing the piano and the guitar even if it's done so perfectly that you can't tell it's not them.
See it if You want to see masterful performances that pull you into the story from the beginning. The music is amazing and both sing their faces off.
Don't see it if You're looking for something more than a slice of life play about two women.
See it if you like great singing and chemistry, with fun banter, between the two stars. Would be a great show with more biographical material.
Don't see it if don't like rollicking music.
See it if you're interested in a vehicle for Kecia Lewis's considerable talents with some nice work by Rebecca Naomi Jones (in an underwritten role)
Don't see it if you demand real dramaturgy and aren't going to be satisfied with a thin, sentimental script that's just used to hang the performances on.