Celebrating the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, a native of Newport News, Va. Award winning Jazz singer and actor, Desirée Roots will perform 2 sets of Ella’s most noted songs accompanied by some of Richmond’s most acclaimed Jazz musicians. Joining her on stage will be Scott Wichmann as Frank Sinatra, Billy Dye as Louis Armstrong, and Anthony Cosby as Nat “King” Cole.
Ella at 100
Presented by Richmond Jazz Society and Virginia Rep
Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday on her actual birthday on April 25th.
Born April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Ella Fitzgerald was one of the greatest Jazz singers of all time. “The First Lady of Song” delighted audiences around the world for over 60 years, sold over 40 million albums, and received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Under the music direction of James Gates, the performance with two acts will feature award winning Jazz singer and actor, Desirée Roots as Ella Fitzgerald. She will perform Fitzgerald’s most noted songs accompanied by fourteen of the region’s most acclaimed Jazz musicians. Joining her on stage will be Scott Wichmann as Frank Sinatra, Billy Dye as Louis Armstrong, and Anthony Cosby as Nat “King” Cole. The event will raise funds to support the community programs of Richmond Jazz Society and Virginia Rep.
Roots has been an active member of both the jazz and theatre communities for decades. Recent
Virginia Rep credits include lead roles as Effie in Dreamgirls, Sofia in The Color Purple, and
Caroline in Caroline or Change (RTCC Award Best Actress in a Musical) in partnership with Cadence
Theatre Company. She is the recipient of the Theresa Pollack Award for vocal excellence in the
arts. Roots has been the opening act for such internationally known performers as B. B. King, Kenny
Garrett, Bobby Watson, Art Porter, Gerald Albright, Leslie Uggams, and Bill Cosby. Her first Jazz
Ever Stop Dreaming, was released in 2015.
VIP Patron Seats
A limited number of Patron Seats are available for $250. Patron Seats include Premium seating - center orchestra, a listing in the program, and a champagne reception after the show on stage with Desirée and the band. To reserve, please call (804) 282-2620.
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