Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow


This powerful musical biography celebrates the life of actress and singer Ethel Waters. From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. No matter what challenges she faced, music gave Waters strength, solace, and success. This is her remarkable story, filled with the greatest hits of a lifetime, including “Stormy Weather,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” "This Joint is Jumpin,'" and “Am I Blue?”

Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow by Larry Parr will play from June 26, 2019 - August 4, 2019 in FST's Keating Theatre. Subscribe today and see 3 Summer Mainstage shows for as little as $49! Single tickets are also available online by clicking the button above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000. 


                Previews: $29

                Back Row Bargain: $29

                Weekday/Matinee: $36

                Weekend: $39

Dining is available in The Green Room at the following times:

2PM performances: reservations begin at 12:15PM
7PM performances: reservations begin at 5:15PM
8PM performances: reservations begin at 6:15PM

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Director  | Kate Alexander
Music Director  |  Dr. Justin P. Cowan
Scenic Designers  |  Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay
Costume Designer  |  Adrienne Webber
Lighting Designer  |  Nick Jones
Sound Designer/Supervisor  |  Thom Korp


Ethel Waters |  Jannie Jones*

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Pelican Press
“A must see”
“A terrific show”

City Beat

“Sheer magnificence”

DC Theatre Scene

“Absolutely divine”


Learn More About Ethel Waters' Impressive Career Performing Onstage and Onscreen  |  READ

Watch Trailer for Pinky (1949), the Film That Earned Waters an Oscar Nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role |  WATCH

Watch Ethel Sing The Eponymous "His Eye is On the Sparrow" from the 1952 movie, The Member of the Wedding  |  WATCH


The Keating Theatre is located on the corner of Cocoanut and Palm Avenues. For GPS purposes use the address of 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

Do you need a ride to the theatre? Click here to find out more about our partnership with iTN Suncoast.

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. Handicap parking is reserved for patrons with a handicap tag and is in the lot across from the Hegner Theatre Wing. The area for drop off of handicap passengers/patrons for the Keating Theatre is on the corner of Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue. If handicap parking is not available and you are dropping off a passenger, our lobby concierge would be happy to wait with them until you return. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the box office at (941) 366-9000.

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