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Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
Starring Alexis J. Roston

Celebrate America’s most beloved jazz singer in an electrifying evening of song. Award-winning Chicago actress Alexis J Roston (Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Bess in Porgy and Bess) effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of legendary jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. In a nuanced and spellbinding performance, Alexis sinks her agile musical chops into signature tunes from Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and more including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Summertime,” and “Cry Me a River.”

Presented by Artists Lounge Live, Award-winning Chicago actress Alexis J Roston effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of legendary jazz great Ella Fitzgerald.

Time Out Chicago calls her “phenomenal” and Showbiz Chicago raves “Roston holds the audience in the palm of her hand.” She received Chicago’s Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for her mesmerizing portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Other theatre credits include starring in Don’t Make Me Over— A Tribute to Dionne Warwick (Jeff Award Nomination, Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination), Porgy and Bess (Bess), Ragtime (Sarah), Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlaine), Company (Sarah), Crowns (Jeanette), Hairspray (Dynamite), Hair (Leata), Shrek: The Musical (Dragon), The Wiz (Addaperle), Godspell (Joanne), The Piano Lesson (Grace), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Brenda), and additional productions of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Billie Holiday). An ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre, Roston made her playwright and directorial debut with A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle. Television: Chicago PD and Chicago Code. Concerts: I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues and Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Howard University.

Sunday October 22, 2017
2:30 and 6 pm

Individual Tickets: $35
Group Tickets: $30
Brunch available: $23.00 plus tax

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