'Ella' review: Giving voice to a legend
First, the voice.
To create a musical about the life of Ella Fitzgerald, forget her biography. Forget the songbook spanning two-thirds of the 20th century. Forget even the musicians, who were as much family to her as her real family. Without a voice that evokes melted chocolate with its teasingly smooth highs and lows -- without, in short, Ella -- you have nothing.
Because of Tina Fabrique,...