I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES: A SALUTE TO ELLA, JUDY, & PATSY
STARRING Alexis J Roston, Angela Ingersoll, & Katie Deal
A trio of stellar songstresses unite in a torchy tribute to their idols. I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES combines the iconic catalogues of Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Patsy Cline and into an inspiring portrait of America’s musical heritage. Alexis J Roston (LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL; PORGY AND BESS) effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald; Angela Ingersoll (END OF THE RAINBOW; SOUTH PACIFIC) hauntingly captures the emotional power of Pop superstar Judy Garland; and Katie Deal (ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE; CLASSIC NASHVILLE ROADSHOW) soulfully embodies the tender heartache of Country legend Patsy Cline. This moving celebration features a bounty of beloved songs including “Cry Me a River,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Crazy,” and many more. Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
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.
Broadway World raves “her charm onstage is infectious… Ingersoll is brilliant.” Angela Ingersoll's numerous awards and nominations include Top Performances of the Year (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times) and a Best Performance nomination (Time Out Chicago) for her recent star turn as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow. Other theatre: How to Succeed… (Hedy LaRue), South Pacific (Nellie), Carousel (Julie), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy), The Secret Garden (Martha), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Richard III (Lady Anne), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Quickly), The Game’s Afoot (Daria), The 39 Steps (Woman), The Philadelphia Story (Tracy), The Great Gatsby (Myrtle), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Comedy: Second City Hollywood. Television: Chicago PD. Angela and husband Michael Ingersoll produce the Artists Lounge Live concert series. Concerts: Judy Garland: Come Rain Or Come Shine, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, My Baby Just Cares for Me, The 12 Dames of Christmas, as well as partnering with Garland’s son for Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll Celebrate Judy Garland. angelaingersoll.com
Times-Georgian observes “Deal has traveled the country wowing fans with her uncanny portrayal of Patsy Cline… she’s built a national following,” and Columbus Free Press definitively states, “She’s pure Patsy.” Katie Deal earned critical acclaim touring nationally in her show Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline as well as two national tours of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Other theatre credits include: multiple productions of Always, Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline), Ring of Fire (June Carter), Keep on the Sunny Side (Sara Carter),The Road: My Life with John Denver, 9 to 5 (Doralee), and The Spitfire Grill (Percy—Ostrander Award nominee). Film: Let’s Be Cops and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Concerts: Classic Nashville Roadshow, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, and Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams of You. As a singer-songwriter Katie was awarded the 2016 Georgia Country Artist of the Year, the 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year, and is also an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honoree. katiedeal.com