Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song starring Alexis J. Roston
March 24, 2020
11:00 a.m. – Tickets $30
Award-winning Chicago actress Alexis J Roston salutes America's favorite jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald. Roston is known for her mesmerizing star to turn as Billie Holiday in multiple productions of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, earning Chicago's Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award. In a spellbinding performance, Roston effortlessly emits the sultry swing and playful joy that made Ella an American treasure. Classic tunes by Ellington, Gershwin, Porter and more include "Summertime," "The Lady Is a Tramp," and "It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing."
Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
Sponsored by Chicago Dough Company
About Alexis J. Roston
Time Out Chicago calls her “phenomenal,” and Showbiz Chicago raves “Roston holds the audience in the palm of her hand.” Alexis J Roston received Chicago’s Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for her mesmerizing portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Other theatre credits include starring in Don’t Make Me Over— A Tribute to Dionne Warwick (Jeff Award Nomination, Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination), Porgy and Bess (Bess), Ragtime (Sarah), Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlaine), Shrek: The Musical (Dragon), The Wiz (Addaperle), The Piano Lesson (Grace), Crowns (Jeanette), Company (Sarah), Godspell (Joanne), Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and additional productions of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Billie Holiday). An ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre, Roston served as director and playwright of A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle. Television: Chicago PD and Chicago Code. Concerts: I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, A Very Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Howard University.