Musical biography ‘Ethel Waters’ set to usher in ‘new era’ for Cap Rep

The newly restored Capital Repertory Theatre on North Pearl Street in Albany.

The newly restored Capital Repertory Theatre on North Pearl Street in Albany.

ALBANY — Capital Repertory Theatre will host the musical biography “Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow” from Aug. 20 through Sept. 26.

The production will be the first fully produced show in theREP’s new theater at 251 N. Pearl St. and the first show of the theater’s 2021-2022 season.

Written by Larry Parr, the show follows the life of actress and recording star Ethel Waters, who crossed racial barriers to win Grammy Awards, star in a television show and be nominated for both Emmy and Academy awards. Broadway veteran Jannie Jones will take on the lead role, which she created for the production’s world premiere in 2005. Jones has performed in theaters across the country as well as at theREP over the years.

“I am very excited to be returning to Capital Rep, having done ‘Crowns,’ ‘Black Pearl Sings’ and ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ in past years,” said Jones in a press release. “I can’t wait to look into the eyes of the warm and inviting audiences in Albany once again. I’m simply delighted to work with the wonderful Maggie Cahill and I am very honored to be doing the first full production on the theater’s brand-new stage.”

“This production starts a new era for theREP, and I’m humbled and thrilled to finally be able to open our doors,” said Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. “Our patrons have been so supportive and patient, along with all the artists, who consider theRep one of their favorite places to work. Ethel Waters’ story of faith and resilience seems very apropos to this moment. I will be waiting with open arms to welcome everyone back.”

Previews will run Aug. 20-22, with an opening night to follow on Aug. 24. The run will continue through Sept. 26. Regular performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. There will be one Wednesday matinee at 2 p.m. Sept. 1 and no evening performance. There will be one Saturday evening performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 and no evening performance. The show runs approximately 90 minutes without an intermission. Tickets are $22-$52.

Specially discounted tickets are available for senior groups, residents of the Arbor Hill neighborhood, and civic and church groups as part of the theater’s Neighbors for Neighbors outreach program.

For information and tickets, call the box office at 518-346-6204 or visit

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