Journey of a Bombshell: The Ina Ray Hutton Story

solo performance · honey bee productions · Ages 10+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show
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June 21, 2015
tagged as: Big Band · jazz · show biz · solo show

My overall impression

Want to see a terrific show about a woman way ahead of her time, performed by an actress whose skills are as stellar as her energy level is high? Catch Melissa Ritz’s one-woman show about undeservedly obscure big band era luminary and TV pioneer Ina Ray Hutton. The exposition is kept to a minimum in the well-honed script; Ritz’s acting chops are equally sharp, crisply characterizing a variety of supporting characters, notably Ina’s mother and music publisher Irving Mills, whose genius idea it was to have Ina Ray front a band. Julie Kline’s attentive direction and Tony Coppola & Shelby Kaufman’s choreography add immeasurably to Ritz’s snappy stage presence.

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