The Musical journeys back to her beginnings as a young singer enamored of Ella Fitzgerald, against a backdrop of New York City during the 1960’s. Part “memory play”/ part tribute to Ella, me & ella is both a singer’s coming of age story as well as a musical valentine to the First Lady of Song. Making its world premier at Downstairs Cabaret in Rochester, New York, the musical is directed by Paul Kreppel and Murphy Cross, winners of the Tony Award for Jay Johnson: the Two and Only, and featuring Andrea Frierson, a finalist in Star Search and has appeared on Broadway in, among others, The Lion King, and Once on This Island.
Brought to town by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League and four-time Tony Award winner Albert Nocciolino, “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” is a wonderful night of whimsical fun for the entire family. The ninety-minute production (no intermission!) is just right for the little ones, and allows Mom & Dad to stay comfortably settled in their seats. The sets, sound, costumes, and performances take you on a festive ride to whoville. Old Max (Bob Lauder), the narrator, has a glorious, Santa-like voice. He keeps the musical moving seamlessly, accompanied by Young Max (Andreas Wyder). The Grinch (Stefan Karl) is just what the Dr. ordered: perfect! His comedic timing is top-notch –it is obvious to anyone he’s having a blast in the role. Cindy -Lou Who (Piper Birney) was downright precious, and what a voice! As they say in the south: bless her heart. Head to your sleigh! Don’t miss the Grinch in Rochester through December 15. Information available at RBTL.org.