Friday, February 24, 2012


Terry Burrell as Ethel Waters

 Broadway star Terry Burrell is using Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 as a vehicle to tell the story of Ethel Waters, the second African American actress ever to be nominated for an Academy Award. The world premiere of ETHEL! will run through March 11. Ethel! is a one woman show written by and starring Terry Burrell. The small 80 seat Independence Studio is the perfect venue to showcase Ms. Burrell’s talents. Recounting over thirty years of Ethel Walters’ life, whether speaking in intimate tones to the audience or screaming to unseen characters in Ethel’s life, requires a wide range of emotions. Terry Burrell never falters.    Her facial expressions and body language seem to invite the audience to share in some private joke. Audience members may know little of Ethel Waters upon entering the theatre, but thanks to the brilliant work of Terry Burrell, they will leave the theatre very happy to have been a part of Ethel’s life if only for an evening. Sound Designer Zachary Brown makes some very interesting contributions to the production. Thanks to Costume Designer Rita Squitiere, Ms. Burrell transforms from an older and impoverished Ethel to a younger and successful version while she is on stage. See this show to hear Ethel Waters’ jokes. See this show to hear Terry Burrell  sing. No matter what your reason is,  see this show. For tickets or more information, call 215-74-3550 or visit online at

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