Me & Ella NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(41 Reviews)
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90%
Mixed
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Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

About the Show

Broadway veteran Andrea Frierson celebrates the late great singer Ella Fitzgerald in this solo musical.

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Member Reviews (41)

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75
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Overstuffed, Uneven

See it if you enjoy great singing. MAE is more of a concert than a piece of theater. Andrea weaves her story and Ella's bio, not always successfully.

Don't see it if you want coherent story-telling. The 2 threads get tangled. Songs are mostly wonderful, but not all. Selection should be carefully weighed. Read more

85
Great singing, Romantic, Delightful, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Wonderful music by Andrea F. and jazz trio. Good portrayal of Ella. Parallel story of a young woman following in Ella's footsteps.

Don't see it if The story is disjointed, the bio too worshipful, and the characters are shallow with little conflict or struggle. Music-A. Story-C.

77
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you wish to see a very talented singer perform Ella's songs while telling about Ella's life and her own life.

Don't see it if you wanted to see someone sing in Ella's style and not her own. Also I got confused between her telling Ella's story then switching to hers. Read more

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Masterful

See it if The only reason not to see this is you're deaf. It's a great evening!

Don't see it if You're deaf, otherwise I can't think of a reason not to.

80
Charming, Great singing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in Ella and how she inspired a younger generation. The juxtaposition of Frierson's and Ella's stories works nicely.

Don't see it if you're looking for a finished production - Frierson is on book, per Equity contract, & she looks like she's performing in rehearsal clothes. Read more

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Absorbing, Great jazz trio

See it if you're a fan of Ella and want to spend 90 minutes with Andrea Frierson and her lovely voice.

Don't see it if you need to see a finished production. This show, as advertised, has not yet been frozen..

75
Ambitious, Relevant, Great musicians, Excellent singer, Confusing

See it if you enjoy great music & excellent singing. Expected to be entertained by one of my fave performers from 80s Star Search, & I DEFINITELY was.

Don't see it if you don't understand York Theatre's New2NY program (see below). Script needs work but there's MUCH promise for clearer & more concise flow. Read more

76
Great singing, Slow

See it if you want to hear great songs by a great singer telling a dual story about her life and how Ella influenced her life in a flawed story line.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy 1 person shows with songs thrown in between a back and forth story about the author and Ella's bio.

Critic Reviews (7)

Theater Pizzazz
July 16th, 2017

"Frierson is not imitating but paying tribute to the great lady as she intertwines her own life in music and theater, giving insightful information about Ella...The ease and love with which Frierson performs makes her immediately likable...There needs to be better definition going forward as the lives of Ella and Andrea unfold side by side, lest this be thought of as an embellished cabaret show rather than a theater piece."
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Stage Buddy
July 24th, 2017

"Provides the perfect blast of nostalgia to revive your love for Ella Fitzgerald...Frierson punctuates her storytelling with songs from Fitzgerald’s career that resonate with the moment she’s narrating. Frierson’s gorgeous voice and sparkling stage presence allow the show to shift seamlessly from song to story, creating an immersive experience that covers the breadth of her experiences and Ella Fitzgerald’s life through artistry."
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Broadway Blog
July 19th, 2017

"Tribute shows are done exponentially, but rarely to the level of quality demonstrated by Ms. Frierson in her warm and winning solo show...Although it lacks intense dramatic stakes, Frierson’s story is worth hearing...Directors Murphy Criss and Paul Kreppel lend gentle touches to both the material and their leading lady by keeping the memoir floating along at a brisk 80-minute pace...As it stands now, it is in excellent form."
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The Huffington Post
July 23rd, 2017

"Frierson’s notion is to intertwine Fitzgerald’s celebrated career with her story...The frequent effect is that the braided stories, as Frierson tells them, start stepping on each other...What’s problematic is that the comparison hinted at in the title gets in the way...Never mentioned are some of the most important Fitzgerald’s recording highlights...A curious lapse...'Me & Ella' would undoubtedly be better were it simply Frierson offering her own story."
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Times Square Chronicles
July 19th, 2017

“Ms. Frierson does not imitate nor does she have the emotional impact of Ella; instead she gives insightful information about Ella’s historical career…What keeps this show together is the jazz trio, led by the incomparable Ron Abel…The direction by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel seemed a little at odds, as the show is not seamless. If you sink into the rich arrangements and the stylings of Ms. Frierson, it is sure to be an evening filled with musical highlights.”
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
July 17th, 2017

“The show is described as a work in progress, but it is already extremely enjoyable in light of Frierson’s talent and likability…Frierson has a potent voice, expert delivery and holds her own captivatingly, with songs well integrated into the text. The direction by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel keep the focus on target with simplicity…The overall effect is to both introduce an audience to Frierson’s considerable vocal talent and remind us anew about what a treasure Ella Fitzgerald was.”
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W
July 22nd, 2017

"Signature numbers...arrive with confidence and style. Frierson is a fine singer. She has superb control, a classy swing, mellow scat, and a long note that never pushes...The show is in development. At this point Frierson’s own story...intrudes too often with tenuous analogy in order to include certain songs...'Me & Ella' is thoroughly entertaining. Fitzgerald’s story is well told. Much of Frierson’s history is charmingly related. The artist can clearly act and boy can she sing!"
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