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Review from spdavis5
85 events 64 reviews

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 music of the great jazz and blues singer Ethel Waters. Ethel Waters has passed...continued

reviewed Feb 12 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Kathy Kiel Tipton
41 events 9 reviews

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 lead wonderfully -- she has a great voice and is very expressive. She is...continued

reviewed Feb 06 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Ron McGowan
9 events 5 reviews

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, the script wasn't tight. Too much in too little time yet too many questions...continued

reviewed Feb 19 2011 report as inappropriate
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“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.

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