Tracy Nicole Chapman is Sister Rosetta Tharpe in ‘Shout Sister Shout’ at Pasadena Playhouse

Tracy Nicole Chapman rehearses in ‘Shout Sister Shout’ at Pasadena Playhouse. —
Photo by Nathaniel Peterson

*Pasadena Playhouse has announced 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.

Tracy Nicole Chapman (Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Into the Woods, The Lion King) will bring Sister Rosetta Tharpe to life in the starring role.

?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 match,? said Creator and Director Randy Johnson.

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., [who] all bring their unique gifts together in the creation of this world premiere musical theatre event.?

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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, 2017 and run through Sunday, August 20, 2017, with the official press opening on July 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Performance schedule is Wednesday ? Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Note that there will be one Tuesday performance on August 15 at 8:00 p.m. and no Sunday night performance at 7:00 p.m. on August 20.  Tickets range from $25 – $115. 

Tickets for SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! are available online at, 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


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