The stirring one-woman musical, His Eye is on the Sparrow has been extended for an additional week. A powerful opportunity to get inside the words of pioneering artist, Ethel Waters.
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
Timothy Douglas returns to The Armory to direct the remarkable story of Ethel Waters. She crossed racial barriers to emerge as a Hollywood and Broadway star. Douglas tells Robert Parish, that yes, the musical biography honors Waters, but through that “honoring” process, the more potent the words become. And Douglas freely admits, that without Ethel Waters’ journey, he would not be sitting with us today. Check out the video, and the complete conversation, below. Some very powerful ideas float in his head.
ABOUT THE PLAY
After a rough and spirit-breaking childhood, Ethel Waters became a Vaudeville success, a recording sensation and crossed racial barriers to emerge as a Broadway and Hollywood star. His Eye is on the Sparrow tells her remarkable story, filled with the greatest hits of a lifetime, including “Stormy Weather,” “Heatwave,” “This Joint is Jumpin'” and “Am I Blue?” His Eye is on the Sparrow premiered at Florida Studio Theatre in 2005 and has since received rave reviews at houses across the country. The Washington Post said, “Thanks to Parr, we are able to bask in the presence of yet another nearly forgotten treasured artist,” and The Washington Examiner noted that “Larry Parr’s one-woman musical is more than just sheer biography or melodic revue — it’s a rare and intimate portrait of the great Harlem Renaissance in microcosm, pairing one singer’s endless struggles with those of an entire generation …”
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Timothy Douglas mentions the film, Pinky, in his conversation with Robert. Check it out below.