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THEATER | "Me & Ella" 

The most enthralling beauty sometimes soars out from the depths of great pain. Rising from an early life of poverty and hardship, jazz siren Ella Fitzgerald charmed and enthralled audiences from the moment of her singing debut at the Apollo Theater at age 17. This enamored fan base included young singer Andrea Frierson, now a Broadway performer, writer, and jazz vocalist. Join Frierson as she returns to her beginnings, against a backdrop of 1960's New York City, in Downstairs Cabaret's production of "Me & Ella," continuing this week at the Winton Place location (3450 Winton Place).

Part memory play, part coming-of-age story, part tribute to the First Lady of Song, "Me & Ella," features such favorites as "I've Got The World On A String," "I'm Beginning To See The Light," "A Tisket, A Tasket," "Goody, Goody," "I'm Old Fashioned," "Lady Be Good," "I Got It Bad," "How High The Moon," and many more. Backing up Frierson is a jazz trio of Jeff Benatar on piano, Eric Davidson on bass, and Greg Gascon on percussion.

Performances continue through March 2, with shows on Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 & 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $23-$29. For more information, call 325-4370 or visit


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