Press Release
Hippodrome Theatre
The Hippodrome Theatre is proud to bring MARIE AND ROSETTA to the stage! After a successful run at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg, this incredible production moves up to Gainesville, FL to run February 28 through March 22.

MARIE AND ROSETTA is the story of the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This acclaimed vocalist and guitarist broke new ground in the world of gospel music. An influence on  Elvis Presley Johnny Cash Jimi Hendrix , and  Ray Charles , she is considered by many to be the "Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll." This jubilant play with music gives us a fly-on-the-wall seat to the first rehearsal between Rosetta and her protégée, Marie Knight, on the eve of the tour that would establish them as one of the most important musical duos in American popular music.

Illeana Kirven (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) and Hillary Scales-Lewis (Marie Knight) play one of music's most important musical duos in the play that the New York Times calls "Mighty music-making [...] when it sings, it really swings."  Both ladies will sing and play the songs made famous by Rosetta Tharpe as they tell this heartwarming story of faith, sisterhood and rock 'n' roll.

George Brant 's MARIE AND ROSETTA is directed by  Lydia Fort . This story of letting loose, finding your voice, and freeing your soul is a soaring musical experience. Get your front row seat to music history in the making!  
Marie and Rosetta  is on stage February 28 through March 22.
Tickets are on sale now.

Special Dates for  Marie and Rosetta
  • Feb. 26 & 27 at 7 p.m.: Previews and Pay-What-You-Can
  • Feb. 28 at 8 p.m: Opening Night
  • March 3 at 7 p.m: $10 Tuesday
  • March 4 at 9 p.m: Mix & Mingle with the cast
  • March 10 at 7 p.m.: ASL-Interpreted Performance

Tickets on sale now at or at the Hippodrome Box Office.
Call (352) 375-4477or visit 25 SE 2nd place, Gainesville, FL 32601.

Marie and Rosetta  is on stage with seven shows a week starting February 28 .
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m. | Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.
Press Contact
Julia Campitelli
Marketing Coordinator | | (352) 375-4477