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conceived & directed by Maurice Hines

book by Lee Summers

APRIL 18 - MAY 13, 2018

REGIONAL PREMIERE! The astonishing virtuosa Freda Payne brings the First Lady of Song to life with an elegance, resonant beauty, and transcendent voice that captures the immortal Ella Fitzgerald. The show follows Ella from her childhood struggles of living with abuse and her time on the streets through her career as the preeminent jazz singer of her time. 


Due to a few instances of profanity and suggestiveness and discussion of mature themes, this show is recommended for older teens and adults.

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"Showstopping ... Freda Payne artfully evokes Ella's huge range of vocal stylings."

     –Broad Street Review, Read the Review

"Aided by a groovy and interactive 6 piece on stage band, Payne channels Ella in her 25 greatest hits ... Close your eyes. You will think Ella has been reincarnated."

     –Broadway World, Read the Review

"Freda Payne is mesmerizing ... If you love the Great American Songbook, jazz, swing, bebop or just plain great singing and acting, run out and buy tickets now."

     –WHYY, Read the Review


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This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  

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