His Eye is on the Sparrow: The Story of Ethel Waters, Legendary Singer/Actress
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A tour de force one-woman performance that really pulled me into it. The play itself is very well structured, and Bernadine Mitchell does an amazing job of making Ethel Waters' character real - and displays a marvelous voice. The story and the emotion builds throughout. I went away with tears in my eyes and a tremendous curiosity to listen to more of Ethel Waters' music and to know more about her life.
Metro Stage is a delightful theatre with excellent seating. Street parking was not difficult. The theatre is in a small, garden-like compound with a lovely Asian decor store and the French restaurant La Bastille. I followed another reviewer's recommendation to eat at La Bastille. I had a great meal in charming surroundings and highly recommend making a nice lunch/dinner & theatre event of this show and Metro Stage in general.
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.