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My View: Me & Ella (For Everyone Who Loves Ella)

My View: Me & Ella (For Everyone Who Loves Ella)

Ella Fitzgerald had a special sweetness in her personality and in her voice, and Andrea Frierson has captured it all in her one women show ME & ELLA  at the York Theatre.   Andrea possess vocal chords that seem to be coated with honey and a persona to match.  In addition, some sweet and talented folks have aided her in creating a wonderful story (written by Andrea) of how Ella’s music and life have inspired Ms. Frierson.  Music Director Ron Abel’s arrangements and piano playing are historically spot on and make you live in that historic musical moment. The direction by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel makes this a moving and wonderful Valentine to Ella.

ME & ELLA  July 15-25 York Theatre

Ron Abel, Music Director/Arranger, Andrea Frierson, Paul Kreppel, Murphy Cross, directors

Paul Kreppel, Andrea Frierson, Murphy Cross, Ron Abel

Stephen Flaherty & Andrea Frierson

Murphy Cross & Paul Kreppel

Chuck Steffan, Sunny Sessa, Ron Abel, Eda Sorokoff

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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