Ethel Waters: His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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The Delray Beach Playhouse presents the South Florida premiere of Ethel Waters: His Eye Is On The Sparrow. This riveting musical play tells the story of one of America’s pioneer black entertainers. After enduring an abusive, poverty- ridden childhood, Ethel Waters gradually sang her way from saloons on Philadelphia’s skid-row to Vaudeville to Broadway and (eventually) to Hollywood. Chosen by Irving Berlin to star in his review As Thousands Cheers, she became the first black female star in history to receive star billing in a Broadway show. She later became a versatile trail- blazer in Hollywood starring in both musicals (like Cabin In The Sky) and dramatic films (like Member Of The Wedding). Originally billed as “Sweet Mama Stringbean,” Ethel Waters developed a unique style that inspired composers like Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin and Dietz and Schwartz to create for her such signature songs as “Stormy Weather,” “Dinah,” “Heat Wave,” “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Am I Blue?”

The role of Ethel Waters will be played by Evelyn Russell, an actress who studied at The Actor’s Studio and currently sings with the Michael Rose Orchestra as a member of the Vocal Group “The Rosebuds.”

Through February. 10, 2013 Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00PM Saturday & Sunday at 2:00PM Ticket price: $30

For further information call the Playhouse Box Office 561-272-1282 ext 4. www.delraybeachplayhouse.com