George Brant’s new play (jukebox musical?) Marie and Rosetta at the Atlantic Theater Company stars Rebecca Naomi Jones as the young Marie Knight and Kecia Lewis as the gospel and rock n’ roll legend Rosetta Tharpe.
This was an excellent show and I highly recommend it. If you’ve ever stood in a room full of coffins, you know it is indeed dramatic. I appreciated the bold choice that quickly became normalized as the audience became more and more drawn into the characters. Both women give charismatic and affecting performances, staying on stage the whole time in constant dialogue or song that flowed organically. A great night of live theatre.
I’ve been following Rebecca Naomi Jones since Passing Strange and enjoyed her vivacious presence in Charles Mee’s Big Love at Signature Theatre. The Interval conducted this great interview with Jones and Lewis.