Award Winning Leslie Uggams to Star in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's GYPSY, 7/10-20
According to The Courant, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Lesli Uggams will be starring as Mama Rose in the Connecticut Repertory Theatre's upcoming production of Gypsy. The production will run from July 10-20 at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre.
Vincent J. Cardinal, the Artistic Director, stated: "We are honored and thrilled to have an artist of this talent and magnitude joining us at CRT to play this challenging and iconic role."
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Uggams career has spanned both the stage and screen. Her most recent Broadway role was as Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond (2005). Other Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002), King Hedley II (2001), Anything Goes (1987), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), and more. She has also starred in Off-Broadway's Thunder Knocking On the Door (2002), as well as Regional productions, such as Paper Mill Playhouse's Blue (2003). In terms of television, Uggams was a regular on Roots (1977), for which she recieved Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, among others.
With book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy was inspired by the memoirs of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. The musical fable is a vibrant look at larger-than-life stage mother Rose, who thrusts her ambitions for show business stardom onto her daughters: June and Louise. Criss-crossing the country on the fading vaudeville circuit, the mother and daughters are accompanied by Rose's patient boyfriend Herbie. Family relationships are put to the test, culminating in Louise's surprising transformation into "Gypsy Rose Lee." This jewel of American musical theater boasts one show-stopping song after another-including "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Let Me Entertain You."