Robert Hammond welcomed acclaimed lyricist Sir Tim Rice to Stage Notes to discuss the North Americain premiere of his musical, From Here to Eternity, on stage at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse through July 20. He also talked about working with Elton John, Andrew Llyod Webber, and Alan Menken.
It was a thrill to have Broadway performer, writer, and jazz vocalist, Andrea Frierson on Stage Notes to talk about her one woman musical me & Ella. Full program below.
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 ThisIsland.