Marie and Rosetta 02/15–03/11Buy Tickets
DETROIT—Detroit Public Theatre’s (DPT’s) third season continues with Marie and Rosetta, opening Feb. 15 and running through March 11, 2018. Written by George Brant and directed by DPT co-producing artistic director and co-founder Courtney Burkett, Marie and Rosetta tells the story of the real-life “godmother of rock and roll,” Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This critically acclaimed play with music tells Tharpe’s story and that of her young protégée Marie Knight. For tickets ($20.00–$45.00) visit detroitpublictheatre.org or call the box office at (313) 576-5111.
Tharpe, who influenced the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and Jimi Hendrix, was a legend in her time with her fierce guitar playing and unique style of gospel music. In the 30s and 40s she would perform at churches in the morning and at the Cotton Club in the evening. She is a 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influencer Inductee.
Marie and Rosetta brings the audience into Tharpe’s first rehearsal with Knight before they set out to become one of the great duos in music history. All performances will take place on the DPT stage inside the Robert A. & Maggie Allesee Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201).
Photo: The real Marie Knight and Rosetta Tharpe