Star Tribune pick: A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight

In the music-heavy play “Marie and Rosetta” at Park Square Theatre this holiday season, Jamecia Bennett stunned as gospel-reared rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Tharpe, and Rajane Katurah Brown impressed as her protege Knight. Bennett has shown her powerful pipes for years in the Sounds of Blackness and various local musicals, especially at Penumbra Theatre. Brown is a talented newcomer who just landed a permanent job in the Children’s Theatre Company. Removed from the theater, Bennett and Brown will show that their guitar- and piano-playing was just a dramatic illusion onstage, but their singing is still magical. (7 p.m. Sun. Dakota, $30-$35, dakotacooks.com)

 

Photo credit Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

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