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Marie and Rosetta

From 169 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 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.


Member Reviews (169)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful
85
Avg Score

83
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.

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.

91
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.

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

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

94
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.

Also I love the writing in this. The foreshadowing is great and the twist a... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Mesmerizing, Educational, Great singing, Funny

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

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

99
Entertaining, Exquisite, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if Anyone would love this musical , especially if you like history.

Don't see it if If you only like heavy dramas.

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

46
Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow

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.

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

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.

85
Great singing, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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.

80
Great singing, Original, Ambitious

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

83
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

96
Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy exulting performances with pathos.

Don't see it if You hate gospel music

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Riveting, Delightful

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!

83
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

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.

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Crowd pleasing, Better singing than book scenes, Terrific musical arrangements

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.

96
Must see, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

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.

79
Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

69
Cliched, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Indulgent

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.

95
Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing

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.

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Must see

See it if If you enjoy musicals with good singing and acting.

Don't see it if You like dramas with disfunctional families.

84
Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like to listen to powerful voices and are touched by the history of black performers

Don't see it if you don't like gospel singing or themes

Also The singing was great - found myself smiling the whole time. The stagi... Read more Read less


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 musi...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 terr...
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