“Ella” looks, sounds like a hit for Playhouse
By Bob Fischbach
She sang Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins. So you know any musical about the life of jazzy crooner Ella Fitzgerald inherits a score packed with great songs.
“Ella,” which opened Friday night at the Omaha Community Playhouse,
keeps those hits coming from the opener, “How High the Moon,” to the
closer, “Oh, Lady Be Good.”
Kathy Tyree, the gifted singer-actress playing Ella in what amounts to
nearly a one-woman show, brings every hit emotionally and musically
alive. And the four-piece combo playing those tunes displays some
seriously great musicianship. continue reading...