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Remembering Ella Fitzgerald On Stage, And A Cancer Diagnosis Turned Comedy

The Mighty Mo Combo

Today, Up To Date previews the Kansas City Fringe Festival with a look at two of this year's acts.

First, we find out what a group of Kansas City musicians are doing to bring the music of Ella Fitzgerald back to life. Then, we meet the playwright, actress, and University of Kansas professor who turned her cancer diagnosis into a one-woman comedic play.

Eboni Fondren and the Mighty Mo Combo will perform 'Ella' at City Stage at Union Station at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21, and Friday, July 28. For more information, visit KCFringe.org.

Performances of Michele Leon's 'Bladder Interrupted' at Phosphor Studio will begin on Saturday, July 22. For other dates and more information, visitKCFringe.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.