Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company presents 'Marie and Rosetta' at Southwest Arts Center
Live theater is back at the Southwest Arts Center beginning November 30 with the premiere of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre production of "Marie and Rosetta."
Belatedly acknowledged as the "Godmother of Rock ‘n Roll," Sister Rosetta Tharpe shattered every barrier that she faced as she made her mark on the music world. Marie and Rosetta chronicles her journey with young gospel singer Marie Knight, whom she recruited away from Mahalia Jackson. Despite being forced by Jim Crow laws to lodge and rehearse in funeral homes and other unpleasant accommodations while on the road, Marie and Rosetta broke new ground with their music and their relationship.
"Marie and Rosetta" stars Amitria Fanae as Rosetta Tharpe, Jasmine Ellis as Marie Knight and Spencer Bean on guitar. It is directed by Andrea Frye with musical direction by S. Renee Clark.
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