Ella The Musical Opens at Long Wharf Sept. 29

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Tina Fabrique conjures the golden age of jazz in Ella The Musical, which officially opens Sept. 29 at the Long Wharf Theatre after previews that began Sept. 22.

Tina Fabrique
Tina Fabrique Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Penned by Jeffrey Hatcher (Never Gonna Dance), Ella features such songs as "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "That Old Black Magic" and "They Can’t Take That Away from Me." Director Rob Ruggiero also conceived the musical that will run through Oct. 17.

Ella has played numerous regional engagements over the past several seasons. Fabrique has been with Ella since its Hartford TheaterWorks debut in 2005 under the working title Ella: Off the Record.

In addition to Fabrique in the title role, the cast also features George Caldwell (pianist), Harold Dixon (Norman), Rodney Harper (drums), Joilet Harris (Ella cover), Ron Haynes (trumpet) and Cliff Kellam (bass).

Designing Ella are Michael Schweikart (set design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), John Lasiter (lighting design) and Michael Miceli (sound design).

According to Long Wharf, "Ella The Musical combines myth, memory and music into a stylish and sophisticated journey through the life of Ella Fitzgerald, one of the greatest jazz singers of the 20th century."

For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

Tina Fabrique and Ron Haynes, with Cliff Kellam and Rodney Harper (background)
Tina Fabrique and Ron Haynes, with Cliff Kellam and Rodney Harper (background) Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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