TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the West Coast premiere of "Marie and Rosetta." From stirring up churchgoers in the morning to rocking the Cotton Club at night, Sister Rosetta Tharpe inspired Elvis, Ray Charles, and more on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Growing competition on the 1940s Gospel Circuit finds Rosetta auditioning a new partner with a voice made from heaven. Will they break, blend, or find harmony at last?
This musical by George Brant, described as “roof-raising,” was developed at TheatreWorks, where it’s now getting a West Coast premiere directed by Robert Kelley. Set in the 1940s, it’s based on the relationship between two real-life powerhouse singers, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her musical partner, gospel singer Marie Knight. It explores their lives as well as the conflict between church and non-religious songs.