Marie and Rosetta
Marie and Rosetta began previews Wednesday, August 24, officially opened September 14 and will now play through Sunday, October 16 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street).
A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Lewis) was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar-playing and swing to gospel music. 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 Sister Rosetta's first rehearsal with a young protÃ©gÃ©e, Marie Knight (Jones), as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.
Running Time: One hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission
Linda Gross Theater(New York, NY)
336 West 20th Street
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