Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

February 16 — March 14, 2021
Quadracci Powerhouse


Executive Producer
Bob Balderson

Associate Producers
Judy & Gary Jorgensen
David & Cheryl Walker


A Celebration in Story and Song

Alexis J Roston

Award-winning actress Alexis J Roston salutes America’s favorite jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald. Roston was last seen at Milwaukee Rep in her mesmerizing star turn as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Chicago’s Jeff Award, Black Theatre Alliance Award) and in the 2014 production of The Color Purple. In a spellbinding performance, Roston effortlessly emits the sultry swing and playful joy that made Ella an American treasure. Classic tunes by Ellington, Gershwin, Porter and more include “Summertime,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”

Roston holds the audience in the palm of her hand” – ShowBiz Chicago