Sweet Mama Stringbean

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In 1957, an elderly Ethel Waters — overweight, ill, and broke from a waning performance career, flashback to an earlier time in her life when a dream about her childhood sparks a spiritual awaking and opens her to a future with Billy Graham. The musical legacy of Waters is celebrated in this retrospective, featuring “Am I Blue, ” “Heatwave, ” “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and other hits.

Suggested audience: Age 13+

ON DEMAND (November 3 – November 7)

The performances of Sweet Mama Stringbean will be available for view on Wednesday, November 3 – Sunday, November 7.  The show-suggested for audiences 13 years old and above is $5 for FAMU students and $20 for Adults.


Choose a date you wish to view the performance. Once you purchase a ticket, you will receive a link to the email you provided to view the pre-recorded performance (for the date you selected only). You and members of your household may watch it as many times as you wish, starting at 12:01 a.m. est until the link expires at 11:59 p.m. est.


To give you the best viewing experience, we recommend you watch the performance from your computer or tablet. You will need internet access. More information is available by contacting the box office via email or by phone at 850.561.2425.

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