Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kecia Lewis

Marie and Rosetta

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kecia Lewis

Talk: Marie and Rosetta

A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe 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, 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 her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.

Rebecca Naomi Jones

REBECCA NAOMI JONES (Marie Knight) has performed on Broadway in American Idiot, Passing Strange, and most recently as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Kecia Lewis

Kecia Lewis (Sister Rosetta Tharpe). From originating the role of “Asaka, Mother of The Earth” on Broadway in Once on This Island, to her Classic Stage debut in the title role of Mother Courage, Kecia Lewis’s rich career of portraying powerful mothers & formidable women has come full circle. It all began when she was 18 years old and made her debut as “Effie” in the original Broadway company of Dreamgirls.