Monthly Archives: September 2010

From the desk of the Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein – Ella

Welcome to the beginning of another exciting season at Long Wharf Theatre! Tonight is a musical tribute to one of 20th century’s greatest pop and jazz singers – Ella Fitzgerald, portrayed by angel voiced Tina Fabrique. This wonderful stage biography follows this remarkably gifted performer from her early days as a jazz singer with the… Continue reading →

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FIRST REHEARSAL: The Train Driver

In many ways on Tuesday, Athol Fugard was home. The illustrious playwright, known for his works Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and Master Harold and the Boys, among others, returned to Long Wharf Theatre for the third consecutive year with his newest play, The Train Driver. The staff huddled up at first rehearsal, listening to Artistic… Continue reading →

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The show must go on, flickering lights or not …

There are occasions where what is going on backstage during a show can be every bit as interesting as what goes on in front of the audience. During the second act of the first preview performance of Ella, a huge lightning storm rolled through the New Haven area. After a few lightning strikes in the… Continue reading →

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Ella in New Haven …

The first step in Ella Fitzgerald’s stratospheric career took place in New Haven. In 1935, Ella Fitzgerald met the noted bandleader Chick Webb at Harlem’s Opera House’s amateur night. He was impressed with her ability, but unsure she had the right look to be the singer of a famous band. It was her performance at… Continue reading →

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Fabrique and Ruggiero appear on WNPR

Tina Fabrique and Rob Ruggiero joined Colin McEnroe yesterday on his WNPR radio to discuss all things Ella Fitzgerald. It was a wide reaching conversation, ranging from Fabrique’s experience performing this enegmatic woman, to Ruggiero’s work creating the play based on Lady Ella’s life. McEnroe sprinkled in some amazing examples of Ella Fitzgerald’s music. Check… Continue reading →

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First rehearsal – Ella

First reheasals are always exciting at Long Wharf Theatre, but perhaps none more so than for the first show of the season. It is the first time that everyone – production, administrative and artistic staffs – are back together after a (relatively) quiet summer. The meet and greet, usually taking place over the first half-hour… Continue reading →

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Long Wharf Theatre to host jazz documentary screening

New Haven once had a great local jazz scene, one featuring iconic performers sharing their unique musical talents. Time, changing tastes, urban renewal and other things has since made that scene a fond, distant memory. Those memories are preserved in the documentary Unsung Heroes, which will be screened at Long Wharf Theatre Monday, Sept. 27… Continue reading →

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The Glass Menagerie in the L.A. Times …

Great piece in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times about Long Wharf Theatre’s production of The Glass Menagerie, currently playing at the Mark Taper Forum, beginning Sept. 12.  Judith Ivey, who’s appearing at Long Wharf later this season in Shirley Valentine, talks about her connection to Tennessee Williams’ work. Read the story here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-glass-menagerie-20100905,0,4562323.story… Continue reading →

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Eric Ting talks about the new trap …

A letter in support of space from Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting to the Board of Trustees Perhaps you’ve heard about the latest improvement happening to the C. Newton Schenck Mainstage — a hole, approximately 8′ X 8′ X 3′ deep. An unusual thing, one might suggest, to be excited over a hole, but excited we… Continue reading →

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Fabrique sings Reading Rainbow!

Today we discovered that Tina Fabrique, the star of Long Wharf Theatre’s upcoming production of Ella,  is the voice behind the beloved theme song to “Reading Rainbow!” If you were a child in the 80s, this will bring joy to your heart!  … Continue reading →

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