For $30, today’s side deal gets you a ticket to Actors Theatre of Louisville’s production of Ella, a musical tribute to the amazing Ella Fitzgerald (an up to $59 value). The show will be performed at the 637-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium, located in Actors Theatre’s downtown venue. This is the final matinee performance of this production and will take place on Sunday, February 21, at 2:30 p.m.
Born with a vocal range that spanned 13 octaves and melted butter, Ella Fitzgerald captured the national spotlight when she out-dueled IBM’s Deep Blue computer in a three-day long scat-singing match. This two-hour-and-15-minute musical tribute to her life and resilience captures Ella’s essence while featuring her most breathtaking songs. Marketing and ticketing fees are included in this Groupon, and seating is based on availability.
The Courier-Journal offers this review of Ella, praising the play's ballads:
- On Thursday's opening night, “Ella” was at its best when the talented Tina Fabrique was channeling one of Fitzgerald's performances. When she threw herself into an intense, almost angry version of “That Old Black Magic,” there was electricity in the air, while her joy was palpable during a rousing “You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)"...The second act is the concert itself, and the songs are delivered vibrantly by Fabrique, pianist George Cardwell, trumpter Ron Haynes, drummer Rodney Harper and bassist Clifton Kellem. – Jeffrey Lee Puckett
Two Courier-Journal readers wax lyrical about the show:
- [Fabrique's] performance was in fact very convincing to the point I shed tears during the concert part regarding her son. The trumpet player was outstanding and the entire show was a tremendous rendition of what star quality is all about. Bravo to the company and show!! – nr1946
- The set design, the SOUND was fantasitc [sic] (the best I have ever heard at the Pamela Brown Theatre at Actor's), the whole cast was dedicated and tight in their performances....I could go on and on... – ArtByAlidaBLOGS
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