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Seattle Premiere

Shout Sister Shout!

November 9 - December 22, 2019

Bagley Wright Theater

A rollicking celebration of her [Sister Rosetta Tharpe's] joyous spirit

Hollywood Reporter

Long before ‘women in rock’ became a media catchphrase, Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women rocked.

Inspired by Gayle F. Wald’s book Shout, Sister, Shout!, this new theatrical work tells “The Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s” incredible story.

Ambitious, courageous, and uncompromisingly public, Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a legend who redefined the national and international music scene in the 1930s and 40s.

Experience her incredible life through this rousing musical portrait.

Important Dates

Event Type Event Dates
Pay What You Choose Nov 12, Nov 14, Nov 17, Nov 19, Nov 24, Dec 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec 8 at 2 p.m.
Preview Performances Nov. 9, 10, and 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Play Design Talk Nov. 12 at 6:45 p.m.
Opening Night Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned Performance Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
ASL Interpreted Nov. 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Audio Described Performance Nov. 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Post-Play Actor Talks Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. and Dec. 13, 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Creative Team

Playwright & Co-Creator

Cheryl L. West

Director & Co-Creator

Randy Johnson

Cast, Production, Band


Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Carrie Compere

Praise Brother/Little Richard/Ensemble

Christin Byrdsong

Praise Brother/Cab Calloway/Ensemble

Joseph Anthony Byrd

Richie/Red Foley/Ensemble

Jason Kappus

Marie Knight/Ensemble

Allison Semmes

Praise Brother/Dizzy Gillespie/Lucky Millinder/Ensemble

Chaz Rose


Porscha Shaw

Katie Bell Nubin/Mahalia Jackson

Carol Dennis

Reverend Tharpe/Ensemble

Lawrence Clayton

Praise Brother/Pastor/Russell Morrison/Ensemble

Timothy Ware

Understudy for Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Shaunyce Omar


Alexis Tidwell

Stage Manager/Ensemble

Nehemiah Hooks

Male Swing

Darryl Reuben Hall


Associate Director

Tyler Rhodes


William Carlos Angulo

Music Director

Sheilah Walker


Brendan Milburn

Set Designer

GW Skip Mercier

Costume Designer

Emilio Sosa

Lighting Designer

Robert Wierzel

Sound Designer

Joanna Lynne Staub

Projection Designer

Kwame Braun


Elisa Money

Associate Music Director

Emma Weiss

Assistant Choreographer

Emily Madigan

Stage Manager

Stina Lotti

Assistant Stage Manager

Shellie Stone

Assistant Stage Manager

Cristine A. Reynolds


Conductor/Hammond Organ

Sheilah V. Walker

Keyboard 1/Rehearsal Pianist

Emma Weiss


Evan Flory-Barnes


Jamael Nance


Nathan Breedlove

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Delve into the unabridged audiobook of Gayle F. Wald’s 2007 noted biography, Shout, Sister, Shout!, the eye-opening story of the “Godmother of Rock and Roll,” GRAMMY® nominee and 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Read by Emmy® and Tony® Award-winner, Leslie Uggams, as well as Shawn T. Andrew and author and record producer, Anthony Heilbut, the audiobook was just released by Beacon Press and includes recordings by Sister Rosetta Tharpe



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