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Ethel Waters

Date of Death: September 01, 1977 (76)

Birth Place: Chester, PA, USA

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Concert [Broadway], 1953

Berenice Sadie Brown

Original Broadway Production, 1945

Original Broadway Production, 1943

Original Broadway Production, 1940
Petunia Jackson

Return Engagement [Broadway], 1940

Original Broadway Production, 1939

Original Broadway Production, 1935
"Thief in the Night" Performer

"The Steamboad Whistle" Performer

"Hottentot Potentate" Performer

"Got a Bran' New Suit" Performer

Featured Performer

Original Broadway Production, 1933
"I've Got Harlem on My Mind" Singer

"Supper Time" Singer


"To Be Or Not To Be" Singer

"Heat Wave Hits New York" Singer


Josephine Baker


Original Broadway Production, 1931



Original Broadway Production, 1927



Ethel Waters Movies

[1929]On with the Show! Ethel

[1934]Gift of Gab Ethel Waters

[1942]Cairo Cleona Jones

[1942]Tales of Manhattan Esther

[1943]Stage Door Canteen Ethel Waters

[1943]Cabin in the Sky Petunia Jackson

[1949]Pinky Dicey Johnson

[1952]The Member of the Wedding Berenice Sadie Brown

[1957]Carib Gold Mom

[1958]The Heart Is a Rebel Gladys

[1959]The Sound and the Fury Dilsey

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freeFall Theatre Celebrates Motown With Chester Gregory In A MOTOWN CELEBRATION

freeFall Theatre Company’s 2023/2024 season opens with an all-new musical revue that celebrates the hits of such legendary artists as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson and many others.

Opera Philadelphia Brings Opera And Accessible Performance To LATE NIGHT SNACKS

Late Night Snacks from the Bearded Ladies Cabaret is back this September to bring an array of cabaret, drag, and operatic talent to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Festival O23.

FreeFall Theatre Presents AT HOME WITH ETHEL WATERS

freeFall Theatre Company's 2023/2024 season opens with an all-new play with music written by and starring Rose Weaver (freeFall debut) as the one and only Ethel Waters.

FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES, Yo-Yo Ma & More Set for Washington Performing Arts 2023/24 Season

Washington Performing Arts has announce its 2023/24 Season with the theme of Together in Art and Community, running from September 2023 through June 2024 in nine venues across the Washington, D.C., region.

FreeFall Theatre Reveals 2023/2024 Season

Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale for freeFall's 2023/2024 season. Learn more about the lineup here!

Which Songs Have Appeared in Multiple Broadway Shows?

This month, the reader question was: 'Which songs have appeared in multiple Broadway shows?'

Interview: Sheldon Epps of MY OWN DIRECTIONS: A BLACK MAN'S JOURNEY IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE Recounts the Highs & Lows of His Amazing Career

BroadwayWorld talks to Sheldon Epps about his new memoir 'My Own Directions: A Black Man's Journey in the American Theatre' that recounts his struggles and successes leading the Pasadena Playhouse for two decades and directing the Tony-nominated musicals 'Blues in the Night' and 'Play On!' on Broadway and beyond.

THE WIZARD OF OZ is Coming To Capital Repertory Theatre

The Wizard of Oz, the beloved story of Dorothy's journey over the rainbow will begin previews at Capital Repertory Theatre on Friday, November 18, opening on Tuesday, November 22 and running through Saturday, December 24.

Shamekia Copeland and Ruthie Foster Join Forces in Powerhouse Concert at Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival

Guitarist/vocalist Shemekia Copeland was literally born into blues royalty and founded her own kingdom of artistic expression. Composer/vocalist/ keyboardist Ruthie Foster established her own sonic citizenship by combining a melting pot of musical genres into her own distinctive sound.

Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival Takes Over Pittsburgh's Highmark Stadium in September

As the soundtrack of struggle, the narrative of collective experience and the backbeat of community, the blues in all its different forms is a tradition that lives on with the Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival. Produced by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) and Presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the fifth annual festival takes place September 14-15 at Highmark Stadium (510 W. Station Square Drive).

Capital Repertory Theatre Presents JERSEY BOYS, the Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

JERSEY BOYS, the journey of the Four Seasons’ rise and fall through the eyes of a group of friends, who became the icons of their generation, will open at Capital Repertory Theatre for previews Friday, July 15.

Gay Marshall Returns To Pangea This Month

Actress/singer, Gay Marshall, winner of the 2022 Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording and 2022 MAC nominee for Major Recording, celebrates the genius of Leonard Cohen in Back on Boogie Street at Pangea in New York City on May 24th and 31st and June 4th at 7PM. Marshall released her recording, Back on Boogie Street – Songs of Leonard Cohen, just before Covid lockdown.

Chicago Philharmonic Presents ARETHA RISING In Honor Of The Queen Of Soul And Other Motown Greats

The Chicago Philharmonic Society presents the finale of its 32nd season, Aretha Rising, on May 29, 2022, Memorial Day Weekend at Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E Randolph, Chicago).

Jane's Walk 2022 Will Spotlight Four Historic Districts In Harlem

Jane's Walk has returned to New York with in-person experiences. In addition, local groups are highlighting four historic districts in Harlem simultaneously - the Mt. Morris Historic District, the Central Harlem Historic District, Striver's Row, and the newly designated Dorrance Brooks Historic District.

Mary John, Founder of Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Passes Away at 96

Milwaukee Repertory Theater has announced of the passing of its founder Mary John (1925-2022).  Born in Green Bay, WI Mary forged a plan to create a professional theater for the city of Milwaukee and established Drama Inc, now Milwaukee Repertory Theater, in 1954. 

BWW Review: A TIN PAN ALLEY CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH Gives 54 Below Audiences Gabrielle Lee at Her Saucy Sassy Best

In her 54 Below solo show debut, Gabrielle Lee brings the brass and the bang and a bangarang band.

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre Announces World Premiere of GONG LUM'S LEGACY

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre in association with The Peccadillo Theater Company will present the World Premiere of Gong Lum’s Legacy by Charles L. White.

George Salazar and Joe Iconis, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss & More This Month at Feinstein's/54 Below

This month, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, will present some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.


Award-winning actress and vocalist Gabrielle Lee and her swinging four-piece jazz band will deliver an evening of ragtime, blues and Tin Pan Alley jazz standards celebrating Black History Month. A Tin Pan Alley Celebration of Black History Month plays at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Friday, February 11 at 7 PM.

BAM to Present Tribute to Cicely Tyson

This February, BAM will pay tribute to groundbreaking actress Cicely Tyson, who passed away in 2021 and left behind a formidable legacy and a 60-year career that included several Emmys, a Tony Award, an honorary Oscar, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Ethel Waters has appeared on Broadway in 13 shows.

Ethel Waters has not appeared in the West End

Ethel Waters has written 1 shows including After Midnight (Composer).

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