"ROSTON HOLDS THE AUDIENCE IN THE PALM OF HER HAND"
ELLA FITZGERALD: FIRST LADY OF SONG
STARRING ALEXIS J ROSTON
Celebrate America’s most beloved jazz singer in an electrifying evening of song. Award-winning Chicago songstress Alexis J Roston (Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Bess in Porgy and Bess) effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of legendary jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. In a nuanced and spellbinding performance, Alexis sinks her agile musical chops into signature tunes from Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and more including “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Summertime,” and “Cry Me a River.”
Upcoming shows to be announced soon.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
ALEXIS J ROSTON
Time Out Chicago calls her “phenomenal,” and Showbiz Chicago raves “Roston holds the audience in the palm of her hand.” Alexis received Chicago’s Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for her mesmerizing portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Other credits include starring in Don’t Make Me Over— A Tribute to Dionne Warwick (Jeff Award Nomination, Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination), Porgy and Bess (Bess), Ragtime (Sarah), Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlaine), Shrek: The Musical (Dragon), The Wiz (Addaperle), The Piano Lesson (Grace), Crowns (Jeanette), Company (Sarah), Godspell (Joanne), Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and additional productions of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Billie Holiday). An ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre, Roston served as director and playwright of A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle. Television: Chicago PD and Chicago Code. Concerts: I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, A Very Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Howard University.