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'Shout Sister Shout!' puts early rock influence Rosetta Tharpe center stage

'Shout Sister Shout!' puts early rock influence Rosetta Tharpe center stage

The Pasadena Playhouse’s new musical “Shout Sister Shout!” — about the life and music of pioneering gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe — is no doubt one of the only original creations for the stage born in a souvenir gift shop.

That’s precisely how the idea for this show, which traces the career of the electrifying singer and guitarist who influenced early rockers such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, came to its co-creator, Randy Johnson, who is also the writer and director of the “A Night With Janis Joplin” show that made it all the way to...

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