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Payne pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Bucks Playhouse


Singer Freda Payne, the celebrated singer of the disco-era top-charter “Band of Gold,” will bring her “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” to Bucks County Playhouse for 10 concerts, Aug. 26 through Sept. 5.
Payne, an accomplished R&B and jazz vocalist, pays tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald’s 60-plus year career from her 1934 award–winning Apollo Theater debut and through her celebrated career as a vocalist.
The star of such Broadway shows as “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Sophisticated Ladies” and “Blues in the Night,” Payne “recreates the spirit of Ella” with her renditions of “A Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing” and “Mack the Knife,” as well as many other Fitzgerald classics.

Payne’s appearance at Bucks County Playhouse caps a summer that was centered on women. The Playhouse reopened its doors this spring with the world premiere of Candace Bushnell’s “Is There Still Sex in the City?” and followed the production with a special engagement of an expanded version of Marilu Henner’s club act, “The Marilu Henner Show.” In between, the Playhouse Youth Company, an ensemble of 11 teenage women from the region, entertained audiences with their original work, “Dream Awake.”
Tickets to Freda Payne in “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” are on sale at or by calling the Box Office at 215-862-2121.