Bombshell of Rhythm

AN AWARD WINNING ONE-WOMAN SHOW BASED ON TRUE EVENTS

Ina Ray Hutton was the most successful female bandleader of the Big Band era. Her all-girl band The Melodears were one of the most popular all-girl reviews of their time. Ina was also the first woman to have her own TV show in the 1950’s.


Ina hailed from the south-side of Chicago. At the age of 8, a vaudeville producer recognized her tap dancing abilities and arranged for her to move to NYC to perform in his children’s show. This event led to a remarkable 30 year career in entertainment. However, her success in the spotlight was threatened by a secret she couldn’t afford to reveal at that time.

Written & Performed by
MELISSA RITZ


Melissa is the recipient of a grant from the Puffin Foundation for 2015.
www.PuffinFoundation.org

The Life & Secrets of Ina Ray Hutton

Directed & Developed by

JULIE KLINE