Dessa Rose: Musical Info & Synopsis


Dessa Rose depicts the lives of two women amidst the backdrop of slavery and oppression. Dessa Rose, a young enslaved woman, and Ruth, a white woman facing her own hardships, form an unlikely bond as they navigate through the challenges of their time. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and find strength in each other’s stories. Dessa Rose explores themes of friendship, resilience, and triumph in the face of adversity.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Cast Size: 12+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1840s / USA (South)

Creative Team

Music: Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics/Book: Lynn Ahrens

Cast Albums

Original Cast (2005)➝


Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


2000s, Based on a Book, Black HistoryDramaticFolkSoul

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