ME & ELLA

Genre: Musical
Written and Performed by Andrea Frierson, Directed by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, has announced the 2017 summer New2NY Series presentation of the new musical Me & Ella, written and performed by Andrea Frierson (Once on This Island, The Lion King), direction by the Tony Award-winning team of Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only), with music direction and arrangements by Ron Abel (Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, “Happily Divorced”).

The limited engagement of Me & Ella will play 11 performances onlyJuly 15 – 23, 2017 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  Opening Night is Sunday evening, July 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Set against the restless backdrop of the 20th Century and the lush serenity of the Ella Fitzgerald songbook, Broadway veteran Andrea Frierson’s Me & Ella is a valentine to the “First Lady of Song.” Ms. Frierson’s personal storytelling and song stylings provide a loving glimpse into why Ella’s music, heart and determination to overcome the challenges in her life and career continue to inspire. Me & Ella was featured last season as part of the York’s Developmental Reading Series and commemorates the centennial of the legendary songstress.

The York’s New2NY series is similar to its Musicals in Mufti series of simply-staged concert performances of musical gems from the past.  However, New2NY—as its name indicates—focuses on new musicals, providing a stage between developmental lab and full production.  Previous shows in the series have included In Transit (which opened on Broadway last season), The Times, Larry Grossman’s Compose Yourself!, and this season’s Mark Felt: Superstar and How to Be an American!.

The performance schedule for Me & Ella is Saturday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m.* & 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 19 & Thursday, July 20 at 2:30 p.m.* & 7:00pm p.m., Friday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 p.m.  (*audience discussions follow these matinee performances).

Tickets are on sale now for York Theatre Company Members only. Tickets for Me & Ella for the general public go on sale June 23, 2017 and are priced at $45-$50 ($31.50 for Members – a savings of up to 35%).  Tickets may be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).

Further summer events at The York include a Special Summer Musical in Mufti (August 5-13) – a single show to be announced shortly – and the ongoing lobby exhibition “SCENIC DESIGNS BY JAMES MORGAN: A Rather Random Retrospective Celebrating 40+ Years at The York Theatre Company and Elsewhere.”  All works in the exhibit are available for purchase and to be autographed. 

York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00—with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions.  The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Programwith additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting the York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). 

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org


About the Company: Old Kent Road Theater

The Old Kent Road Theater situates idiosyncratic ensemble pieces against the chaos and concrete of New York City, seeking authentic, evocative performance committed to the comedy of desire, the physicality of loss, and the possibility of new open spaces. Founded in 2005 by Eric Bland and Scott Eckert, the Old Kent Road Theater has been invited to perform at various downtown theaters including The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Brick, Dixon Place, and The Bushwick Starr.   OKRT plays have been noted for their ‘vibrant characters…heartfelt passion, and spirited volleys of non sequiturs’ (Village Voice) and described as ‘downtown theatre at its best’ (New York Cool.com).  Martin Denton of nytheatre.com recently noted, ‘Eric Bland is turning into the Woody Allen of his generation, possibly.’ www.oldkentroadtheater.com

Open:   07/15/17
Close:   07/23/17

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Saturday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m.* & 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 19 & Thursday, July 20 at 2:30 p.m.* & 7:00pm p.m., Friday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22 at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 23 at 2:30 p.m.  (*audience discussions follow these matinee performances).:7/15/20177/16/20177/17/20177/18/20177/19/20177/20/20177/21/20177/22/20177/23/2017:
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Theater:   York Theater at Saint Peter's
Address:   619 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022
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Cost:Tickets are $45-$50 for Non-Members and $31.50 for Members
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
Company: Old Kent Road Theater         Official Web Site: www.oldkentroadtheater.com