A month or so ago Tony and I bought tickets to see tonight's performance of Ella at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. We usually wouldn't make plans like this on Friday night, preferring our "dates" be on Saturday, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to sit in the center of the front row of a theater.
Shortly after we bought the tickets, Tony discovered he would be attending an out-of-town seminar this week and he wouldn't be home in time for the curtain rising, so I asked my friend Patty to go with me.
Ella is a play about Ella Fitzgerald. The plot has her on a stage on the French Riviera, rehearsing for a concert in 1966. When her producer asks her to add more “patter” to her act, she begins to reminisce. There was as much singing as there was dialog, and at the end of the play, it felt so much like a concert everyone stood up to demand an encore. It was awesome!