Marie and Rosetta
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Marie and Rosetta
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Marie and Rosetta NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(169 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
2%
Negative
1%
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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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Member Reviews (169)

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909 Reviews | 924 Followers
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Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Moving, Absorbing

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.

884 Reviews | 1014 Followers
80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Interesting

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.

546 Reviews | 1881 Followers
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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.

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
84
Great singing, Dynamic, Great acting, Entertaining, Fulfilling

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

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
79
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

496 Reviews | 727 Followers
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Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining

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. Read more

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
88
Great singing, Entertaining, Moving, Delightful, Resonant

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

425 Reviews | 69 Followers
78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

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

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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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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Variety
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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NY1
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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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