Me & Ella NYC Reviews and Tickets

(41 Reviews)
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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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50 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Love Ella Fitzgerald and music

Don't see it if Dislike one woman shows

107 Reviews | 15 Followers
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if The actress protraying the life of Ella Fitzgerald, did an amazing job. Would go back to see AGAIN.

Don't see it if Don't like Jazz music, or music by an iconic singer.

74 Reviews | 16 Followers
Delightful, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You are a fan of Ella Fitzgerald or of great music in general, if you enjoy personal memoir.

Don't see it if You want to see a story with a plot rather than a memoir. Read more

62 Reviews | 15 Followers
Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if .love the music of Ella Fitzgerald and want to find out about her life and what a profound and joyous effect Ella had on Andrea.

Don't see it if you don't like music or singing or don't like beautiful and joyous storytelling.

110 Reviews | 18 Followers
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if you love the "American song book" and the First Lady of Song. See it if you want to be inspired and entertained.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in witnessing a new work in progress.

254 Reviews | 137 Followers
Enchanting, Great singing, Funny

See it if You like to hear the backstory of a singer's upbringing with parallels to a legendary star combined with brilliant interpretations of songs

Don't see it if Concert performances bore you

435 Reviews | 60 Followers
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.

88 Reviews | 19 Followers
Profound, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you love Ella and want to learn about her story along with that of Andrea Frierson's, a wonderfully talented lady of song.

Don't see it if you are one of the few people who don't like Ella Fitzgerald and don't like autobiographical musical presentations by a seasoned performer.

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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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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