Tina Fabrique, who has earned rave reviews in the title role, stars in the theatrical event, which "weaves myth, memory and music as it tells the uplifting and poignant story of one of the greatest jazz and pop vocalists of the 20th century." According to production notes, "It's 1966 and the fabled songstress is preparing for one of the most important concerts of her career. As she jams with the musicians and gets ready to meet the audience, Ella reflects on her life, her secrets and the love of music that made her soar."
The score features more than 20 of her most famous hits, including "A Tisket, A Tasket," "How High the Moon," "That Old Black Magic" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me," backed up by a jazz combo.
The show is directed by Rob Ruggiero, who conceived Ella with Dyke Garrison.
Previews play Feb. 17-20. Opening is Feb. 21.
For more information about the Laguna Beach, CA, run, visit www.LagunaPlayhouse.com.