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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 protégée, 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.

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Rebecca Naomi Jones, known for her dynamic performances on Broadway in shows like Oklahoma! and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, recently completed a celebrated run in the acclaimed play Marie and Rosetta at the Atlantic Theater. more...

Kecia Lewis, who earned Lortel and Drama League nominations and won an Obie Award for her performance in "Marie and Rosetta," boasts an impressive career with notable Broadway credits including "Dreamgirls" and "Once on This Island." more...

Awards and Nominations


2017 The Lortels
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Kecia Lewis was nominated but did not win.
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