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Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow

A Life in Music

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Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow

 

by Larry Parr

April 11 – May 2, 2010

The song will set you free.
From the hopeless slums of Philadelphia to the heights of fame, from anger towards almost everyone to a love for all mankind, Ethel Waters lived it all. Now her life takes center stage. From a childhood as a thief and unwilling bride, she became a Vaudeville success, a recording sensation and a Broadway and Hollywood star. Then a reputation for being difficult and her own distrust made her a recluse until she found a purpose beyond herself as a performer with the Billy Graham Crusades. Through it all, there were the songs, the ones that gave her strength and the ones that made her a legend. This is her incredible story, filled with the greatest hits of a lifetime, including “Stormy Weather” and “Am I Blue?”

 

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Tue, May 47:30pm
Wed, May 57:30pm
Thu, May 67:30pm
Fri, May 77:30pm
Sat, May 87:30pm
Sun, May 97:30pm
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News & Reviews Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Reviews:

Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow
Classical Voice of North Carolina
April 18, 2010

For millions who watched the Billy Graham Crusades, the name Ethel Waters is familiar as one of Graham’s most faithful comrades, a woman so close to Graham that she called him her son. “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” sung in her throaty contralto, became the African-American singer’s theme and as much defined her as did George Beverly Shea’s “How Great Thou Art.” Her beatific smile and powerful stage presence established her as a woman who was close to God.

But as Triad Stage’s Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow shows us, Ethel Waters’ life was far more complex than the TV/gospel image. Ethel Waters, directed by Donna Baldwin-Bradby, shows us that complex life. And it’s a production that will entertain you, enlighten you, and inspire you.

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News:

Former teacher now uses stage to educate
GoTriad Greensboro News & Record
April 8, 2010

If life's a stage, Cassandra Lowe Williams deserves a Tony Award.

She has been many things to many people -- a mother, teacher, minister, actress, director and friend. And now she's poised to take on yet another role as the legendary Ethel Waters in the upcoming Triad Stage production "Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow" written by Larry Parr.

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