Join Broadway actress and recording artist Cherise Coaches for a romantic concert event saluting America’s favorite jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.
Weaving beloved songs with personal, heartfelt stories Coaches reflects on Ella’s iconic artistry and celebrates her rags to riches life story.
Coaches appeared on Broadway in the musical Waitress as well as the National Tour of Disenchanted: The Musical. Chicago Theatre Review calls her, “transcendent… a gifted, glittering songstress.” In a spellbinding performance, Coaches effortlessly emits the sultry swing and playful joy that made Ella an American treasure.
Classic tunes, performed with a live band, 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.
Recommended for ages 12+
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DINNER & A SHOW
Looking for the perfect pre-show dining spot? Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse is located on the Playhouse campus and is offering a special $79 menu for First Lady of Song: Cherise Coaches sings Ella Fitzgerald ticketholders! Click here to view the menu and pricing, then call Gabriele’s at (203) 454-4922 to make your reservation. Be sure to tell them you are attending the show to access the exclusive menu and price!
Production Sponsors: Judy & Scott Phares.
Production Partners: Paige & Jodi Couture.
Corporate Production Partner: Cohen and Wolf, P.C.
Media Sponsorship for the 2023 season is generously provided by Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.
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