Queens Theatre hits a bullseye

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Queens Theatre’s “Ella” is beautifully powerful

To open its 2012-2013 season, Queens Theatre brought us a powerful show “Ella,” which beautifully tells the story of Ella Fitzgerald, considered by many one of the greatest singers ever. Attesting to the perfect choice of executive director Ray Cullom, the performers received two standing ovations!

Portrayed by the talented Tina Fabrique, I felt like I could close my eyes and believe the great Ella was on stage singing her heart out! Tina was backed up by a team of musicians who were superbly talented. Trumpet player Ron Haynes portrayed Louis Armstrong and did a duet with “Ella.” They brought the house down.

Tina sang many of my favorites like “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Night and Day,” “That Old Black Magic,” “‘S Wonderful” and “The Man I Love.” While the songs captured our hearts we learned about Ella’s beginnings and her journey to greatness. Sadly, her personal life was not as successful as her career. She suffered so with those relationships, told movingly in between her songs.

“Ella” runs through Sunday, October 7. Call 718-760-0064 or visit queenstheatre.org for performance and ticket information. It’s too wonderful to miss and is perfect for the whole family.

A glorious day of football and family

Okay, it’s true, I’m not a fanatic fan of football like all the men in my family, but on Saturday I caught the passion as I watched my grandson, 6’2” hunk Zac Broner, lead his high school team as their quarterback.

I brought my six-year-old grandson Blake to the game, played on Randall’s Island. He adores playing with Zac’s brother Ben, who at 13 is so kind, thoughtful and loving to little Blake. Adding to the family fun were young cousins Ryan, Zoe and Alex Easton, all of whom are miniature football players. The kids all took to the high grass and threw a football for hours. Zoe, 7, is even going to dress as Eli Manning, her favorite football star, for Halloween.

What fun to see them all carousing as Zac took to the field and threw two touchdown passes. Sadly, in an overtime play after a tie game the competitors beat Dalton by two points. But for me Zac is a winner and my hero, since he plays with all his heart and mind.

The sun shone through that day and the rains held back their fury from the day before. How precious was the time escaping into the beauty of family on a beautiful fall day.