July 21 - September 20, 2009
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Ella explodes onto the stage in a torrent of jazzy passion, weaving together the music and life of vocal legend Ella Fitzgerald. Her story is told in the fashion most suitable to such an artist: through the passion of her own music. Ella herself dominates, accompanied by the boys in the band who provide the beat for indelible hits as well as step in to provide voices from her past. In this unique presentation, with a book by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector), actress Tina Fabrique makes her Guthrie debut as Ella in a portrayal Variety called "a must-see performance!"

Run time

2 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission


Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater


Ella Fitzgerald Tina Fabrique
Norman Granz
Harold Dixon
Trumpet Player/
Louis Armstrong
Ron Haynes
 Pianist/Conductor George Caldwell
Rodney Harper
Bass Player
Clifton Kellem

Artistic Staff

Rob Ruggiero
Music Director
George Caldwell
 Set Designer
Michael Schweikardt
Costume Designer
Alejo Vietti
Lighting Designer
John Lasiter
Sound Designer
Michael Miceli
Wig Designer
Charles LaPointe
Stage Manager
Richard Costabile
Assistant Stage Manager
Elizabeth R. MacNally
Assistant Director
Nick Eilerman


Photo Gallery

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production photos by Ed Krieger, The Laguna Playhouse