“Shout, Sister Shout!” at Pasadena Playhouse

Tracy Nicole Chapman

Pasadena Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for the world premiere musical SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! Created and directed by Randy Johnson, who wrote and directed the hit Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin, with book by Cheryl West (Play On!). SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! tells the story about the life and music of legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose hits include “Down by the Riverside,” “This Train,” and “Strange Things Happen Every Day.” Tharpe, known as The Godmother of Rock & Roll, was a trailblazer in the history of American music and influenced some of the greatest Rock & Roll and R&B singers of all time, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and Johnny Cash.

“I searched long and hard to find the follow up to my most recent Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin. When I read Gayle Wald’s book ‘Shout, Sister, Shout!’ I knew this was it. It’s a life story of humble beginnings, unparalleled drive and ambition, fierce determination with a talent to Sunland-Tujunga Crime Stats match,” said Creator and Director Randy Johnson. “Rosetta inspired some of the greatest talents of all time and is still the best kept secret within the landscape of musical giants. I decided it was time to shine a light on this great lady, her music, her life and legacy. I am a thrilled and honored to be working with this spectacular cast led by the remarkable Tracy Nicole Chapman as Rosetta Tharpe. Along with the extraordinary talents of Logan Charles, Yvette Cason, Michael A. Shepperd, Angela Teek, Thomas Hobson, Boise Holmes and Armando Yearwood, Jr., all bring their unique gifts together in the creation of this world premiere musical theatre event.”

Joining Johnson’s SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! creative team are choreographer Keith Young, musical director Rahn Coleman, scenic designer Steven C. Kemp, costume designer Dana Rebecca Woods, lighting designer Jared A. Sayeg, sound designer Jon Gottlieb, wig/hair designer Carol F. Doran, casting director Michael Donovan, CSA and associate director Tyler Rhodes.

SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! will begin performances on Wednesday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, August 20. The performance schedule is Wed.–Friday evenings at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$115. and are available online at PasadenaPlayhouse. org, by phone at 626- 356-7529 or by visiting the Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.

For more information on all productions at Pasadena Playhouse visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org

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