Events Near Hampton Roads: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald


There are tons of events near Hampton Roads, you just need to look! Coming up, Hampton Roads residents can enjoy an evening of the iconic jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald. This performance is only minutes away from Waypoint Apartments!


Ella at 100

On Sunday, February 25, 2018, The American Theatre will present a musical celebration of the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald: Ella at 100! This once in a lifetime performance will feature award-winning jazz artist Desiree Roots in the role of Ella Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was taken from the world of music in 1996, at the age of 79.

This musical tribute will feature selected songs to commemorate Ms. Fitzgerald’s musical career, which spanned six decades. Some of her most memorable songs include “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Satin Doll.” Ms. Fitzgerald was the first African American to win a Grammy award, and she received 12 more Grammy’s by the end of her career. She also sold over 40 million albums worldwide.


Ella and Friends

Along with Ella’s famous solos, Ms. Roots will perform some of Ms. Fitzgerald’s duets. Veteran actor Scott Wichmann plays the Chairman of the Board himself, Mr. Frank Sinatra. Mr. Wichmann is known for his stage performances as well as his recurring role in the television series Legends and Lies.

Billy Dye will portray Louis Armstrong. Ms. Fitzgerald and Mr. Armstrong recorded three albums together: Ella and Louis (1956), Ella and Louis Again (1957), and Porgy and Bess (1959). Mr. Dye gave a critically acclaimed performance in the title role of the Independent Lens series, Nat Turner.

Also, Anthony Cosby will play Nat “King” Cole, who was Fitzgerald’s close friend and collaborator.


Tickets for Ella at 100

The limited engagement of Ella at 100 is only scheduled for two performances. Both performances will be performed on February 25th and tickets are selling fast! Enjoy the 2 pm matinee or the 7 pm evening performance. Tickets are available online.


There are so many events near Hampton Roads that you’re sure to find something to keep you entertained. If you’re looking for a luxurious community in the Hampton Roads area, please contact us! We offer modern amenities and unparalleled resident services. We’d love to show you around!

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