Marie and Rosetta Opens Off-Broadway Tonight

News   Marie and Rosetta Opens Off-Broadway Tonight Atlantic Theater’s new musical play about a rock-n-roll gospel singer stars Kecia Lewis and Rebecca Naomi Jones.
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Kecia Lewis Ahron R. Foster

The world premiere of Marie and Rosetta by Grounded playwright George Brant officially opens September 14. The Off-Broadway show stars Rebecca Naomi Jones (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Kecia Lewis (Mother Courage), who plays famed gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe—an influence to the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix.

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Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kecia Lewis Ahron R. Foster

Performances began August 24 for the Atlantic Theater Company production, helmed by artistic director Neil Pepe. The production take place in the Linda Gross Theater, located at 336 West 20th Street, New York.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar-playing and swing to gospel music,state Atlantic production notes. Tharpe was the queen of ‘race records’ in the 30’s and 40’s, a woman who played guitar as passionately as Clapton, who performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club, who 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 protégé, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.

Marie and Rosetta features scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, music direction by Jason Michael Webb and casting by Telsey + Company.

For tickets visit Atlantictheater.org, call OvationTix at (866) 811-4111, or visit in person at The Linda Gross Theater box office.

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