Venue Details

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1201 North Royal Street Alexandria, VA 22314
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Member Tips

Nice casual will do.
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Eat at the Bastille, next door. $29 3-course Sunday special was a good deal.
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Lots of free parking - small lot and lots of available street parking (no crowded).
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Parking is easy
info Feb 13 2011 star this tip starred
Metro Stage is a great intimate venue specializing in musicals and comedy
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The free parking right at the theater is a bonus.
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.8 average rating
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50 reviews
22 stars
attended Feb 12 2011

Bernardine Mitchell dazzled Metro Stage audiences in her performance in Mahalia. Now she does the same is His Eye Is on the Sparrow, her one-woman show on the life and... continued

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6 reviews
14 stars
attended Feb 06 2011

A truly enjoyable evening -- it is a very small cast -- the lead singer, Bernadine Mitchell plays Ethel Waters -- a spiritrual and blues singer. Ms. Mitchell played the... continued

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4 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 19 2011

As usual, Bernadine Mitchell was marvelous! Her voice was "top notch" and made you feel Ethel's joys and pains. Although I learned a lot about Ms. Waters from the play,... continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Mitchell’s singing is first-rate. The musicality is rich and soulful, framed by humble gospel but ready to rumble with touches of blues.” —Washington Post
“Mitchell, who triumphed at MetroStage in another ‘Mahalia,’ dons her roles like a second skin as her lush contralto voice and commanding presence take the audience on a journey of pain, triumph and redemption.” —Alexandria Times
“Thanks to (the playwright Larry) Parr, we are able to bask in the presence of yet another nearly forgotten treasured artist, and this portrait is a gift that can keep on giving… Bernardine Mitchell is absolutely divine and her performance may as well be a ministry – she touches people, they leave transformed, mesmerized, and come back for more.” —DC Theatre Scene


_His Eye is on the Sparrow _

by Larry Parr

directed by Gary Yates

starring Bernardine Mitchell

An inspirational musical about the life of the renowned African American singer and groundbreaking Broadway actor Ethel Waters. From humble beginnings she made her way to Broadway (_As Thousands Cheer _and Member of the Wedding_), film (Pinky and Member of the Wedding_) and television. She is considered one of the most influential jazz and blues singers of her time. Includes Waters’ signature songs “Stormy Weather,” “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and “Black and Blue” and many more.

About the Ticket Supplier: MetroStage

MetroStage is the oldest professional theatre in Northern Virginia. Located in the north end of Old Town Alexandria, it is an award-winning theatre recognized for its musicals and plays. MetroStage presents original, challenging, and innovative work: work that is unpredictable and nontraditional, work that tells a compelling story and showcases remarkable talent. The 130 seat theatre presents opportunities for both the actors and the audience to experience theatre in an intimate, communal setting. MetroStage also works with playwrights and composers and is recognized for its role in the development of new plays and musicals for the stage.