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Rosetta Tharpe inducted into 2018 Class of the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Shout, Sister, Shout!, a new musical based on the book, had its world premiere at Pasadena Playhouse in July, 2017. The musical was conceived and directed by Randy Johnson, with a book by Cheryl L. West.  The LA Times praised the production for putting Rosetta Tharpe at center stage!

Tracy Nicole Chapman as Rosetta Tharpe in the 2017 Pasadena Playhouse production of Shout, Sister, Shout!

Read Gayle Wald’s essay on Tharpe’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Why We Keep Rediscovering the Flamboyant Godmother of Rock”


“Sister Rosetta Tharpe was anything but ordinary and plain; she was a big, good-looking woman and divine, not to mention sublime and splendid. She was a powerful force of nature –a guitar-playing, singing evangelist.”

Mixing tireless reporting with nuanced musical and cultural insights, Wald’s Shout, Sister, Shout! is about as good as musical reparations get.”

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll, a documentary by Mick Csaky