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Marie and Rosetta

Leading Ladies presents

Marie and Rosetta

Directed by NEIL PEPE

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Robert S. Marx
MARCH 3 - MARCH 31, 2018

Celebrated for her fierce guitar playing and swinging gospel music, singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a veritable legend — and a 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Throughout the 1930s and ‘40s, Sister Rosetta performed gospel in the morning and swing music at the Cotton Club at night to inevitably become a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest icons. This play with music chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history. Marie and Rosetta’s compelling life stories combined with roof-raising, heart-rending gospel songs set the stage for an inspiring evening at the theatre.

"Not to be missed! It's enough to make the theatre faithful stand up and shout HALLELUJAH!" - Theatremania

Marie and Rosetta contains mild adult language and mature themes. In addition to singing their hearts out, the characters face issues of racial prejudice, marital strife and other mature themes that are more suitable for teenage and adult audiences.

RUNNING TIME: Marie and Rosetta runs approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.

Promotional photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.






Miche Braden

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Chaz Hodges

Marie Knight

Katreese Barnes


George Naha


George Brant


Neil Pepe


Steve H. Broadnax III

Associate Director

Riccardo Hernández

Set Designer

Dede Ayite

Costume Designer

Christopher Akerlind

Lighting Designer

Steve Kennedy

Sound Designer

Seth Farber

Music Director/Music Supervisor

Stephanie Klapper

Casting Director

Jenifer Morrow

Stage Manager

Brooke Redler

Second Stage Manager


On the Blog

It's All Joy

Feb 19, 2018
Natalie Clare

Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight’s first rehearsal as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in music history.


Rockin' the Faith

Feb 23, 2018
Natalie Clare

Before there was Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who formed the foundation of a sound that would soon have world all shook up.


5 Questions With Miche Braden

Mar 16, 2018
Natalie Clare

Meet Miche Braden, who plays the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Marie and Rosetta. Learn about how she became an actor, what her favorite role has been and what she enjoys most about this inspiring play with music.


5 Questions With Chaz Hodges

Mar 22, 2018
Natalie Clare

Meet Chaz Hodges, who plays gospel singer Marie Knight in Marie and Rosetta. Learn about what inspired her to become an actor, what role has been her all-time favorite and what she's enjoyed about this heart-rending production.


The Evolution of African American Gospel Music

Mar 22, 2018
Natalie Clare

Marie and Rosetta tells the story of gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her young protégée Marie Knight. Their signature collaboration reflects the evolution of African American gospel music, from its roots in spirituals to the rock and roll we know today.




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