"Shout Sister Shout!’ will have you dancing and shouting along to the little-known story of the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s remarkable that West and Johnson were able to tell a powerful story that not only corrects the record on rock ‘n’ roll, keeps the legacy of Tharpe alive and squeezes in several major figures of the time, but also manages to tell a vulnerable story about a woman’s quest for love — of faith, of music and for herself"

Seattle Times


by Cheryl West

Directed by Randy Johnson 

Created by Randy Johnson and Cheryl West

Based on the book 


The Untold Story of Rock-and-roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe 

by Gayle Wald

“Shout Sister Shout” at the Seattle Repertory Theatre is undoubtedly the most impressive bio musical to grace a Seattle stage in years. In a near-flawless production, playwright Cheryl West’s and director Randy Johnson's musical comes to life with a raw energy and brilliance worthy of the singer whose story it recounts: Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Seattle Spectator

"Shout Sister Shout!", currently playing at the Seattle Rep. A show that tells the story of the "Godmother of Rock n' Roll", and how we need to recognize these artists that have been whitewashed and mansplained from history.  Based on the biography by Gayle F. Wald,  Cheryl L. West's show examines the life of this trail blazer from her humble beginnings singing with her mother, Katie Bell Nubin (Carol Dennis), in her church revivals, to her rise to stardom in the 30's and 40's only to be forgotten. Her fascinating story is only outdone by her incredible talent vocally and on the guitar, making this bio-musical so much more than a jukebox show. It's a deep dive into a history that deserves to be remembered"

Broadway World