Inspired by Gayle F. Wald’s book Shout, Sister, Shout!, this new musical tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe — one of America’s most influential rock, R&B, and gospel crossover singers and guitarists. Ambitious, courageous, and uncompromisingly public, Tharpe became a pioneer of the women’s movement for racial and sexual equality and a musical legend who redefined the national and international music scene in the 1930s, ’40s, and beyond. Join Ford’s Theatre to dive into Cheryl L. West’s spirited, authentic, and emotionally charged story about a charismatic music forerunner and the authentic roots of rock-and-roll.
Recommended for ages 12 and older.
There will be a sensory-friendly performance at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. This performance is designed for those with sensory sensitivities who might benefit from an adjusted theatrical environment, including individuals with autism or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities. The sensory-friendly experiences aim to provide a safe environment where individuals and families can relax and be who they are. Theatrical adjustments for this performance of Shout Sister Shout! may include:
- Adjusted overall sound levels in the theater, especially for startling or loud sounds
- Lights in the theatre will remain on at a low level during the performance
- A reduction of strobe lighting and lighting focused on the audience
- Designated quiet areas
- Space throughout the theater for standing and movement
- Limited capacity to allow for space between parties
Ford’s Theatre staff trained to welcome and assist guests as needed.
Printed and digital resource materials from Ford’s accessibility committee will be available to prepare attendees for their visit.
This event is for families and recommended for ages 12 and older. Call 202-347-4833 to purchase tickets. Tickets are $25-35.
Ford’s Theatre accessibility programs are supported by the Liberty Mutual Foundation.