Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre will present the acclaimed musical ELLA, starring Broadway veteran Tina Fabrique as America’s first lady of song Ella Fitzgerald. The show previews on July 20 -22 and Opening Night is Tuesday, July 24. Performances will run through August 12, 2012.
The legendary Fitzgerald herself played at Proctors in July, 1984. Bill Rice, a former Gazette classical music writer was among the enthusiastic audience members. He reviewed the performance for the newspaper’s readers who were unable to attend.
His July 16, 1984 commentary is reprinted here with permission of Mr. Rice and the Gazette.
Magnificent Ella Fitzgerald Really 'Wows 'em' at Proctors
By BILL RICE
At the intermission of Ella Fitzgerald’s Saturday night concert at Proctor, a lot of people seemed to have the same reaction to the first half of her concert.
They came expecting something really good but were bowled over by how much better than that it was.
Read the full review by Bill Rice at:
It's 1966 and the first lady of song Ella Fitzgerald, performed by the incomparable Broadway veteran Tina Fabrique, is preparing for one of the most important concerts of her career.
Before the night is over she will jam with Louis Armstrong, reflect on her life and love of music and bring the house down with soulful song, swinging scat and scintillating hits like "A Tisket, A Tasket," "How High the Moon," "That Old Black Magic" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me".