'Marie and Rosetta' Petronella J. Ytsma


Marie and Rosetta

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Nov. 23-Dec. 29
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Nov. 25-Dec. 30
2 p.m.
Every Tue. and Wed. from Nov. 27-28
7:30 p.m.

While the African American men who built the foundation for rock ’n’ roll still don’t get their proper due, many of their black female peers remain virtually unknown. Such is the case with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a fierce gospel guitar slinger who was just posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. George Brant’s Marie and Rosetta, having its regional premiere at Park Square Theatre under the direction of Frank Theatre’s Wendy Knox, finds the pioneer in 1946, preparing for a tour with her new protégé, Marie Knight. Gary Hines (Sounds of Blackness) serves as musical director for a production full of tunes ranging from spiritual to secular, as Tharpe unpacks her pioneering style and points the way toward the future that her musical descendants will inherit.