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  • Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song
    conceived and directed by Maurice Hines
    book by Lee Summers
    starring Freda Payne as Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald, her cousin and traveling companion Georgiana, and her manager and jazz impresario Norman Granz tell her story both backstage and onstage. From a homeless street dancer to winning amateur night at the Apollo Theatre at the age of 15, from headlining with Chick Webb and his Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom to performing Live at the Cote D'Azur, from discovering she could "scat" to mastering a new art form called "bebop," the fascinating journey of this legendary artist. Featuring Ella's most famous songs performed by Ms. Freda Payne, accompanied by MetroStage's renowned musicians.