Leslie Uggams to Perform at Amas Musical Theatre's 45th Anniversary Benefit Gala, 3/31
Hinton Battle - Born in Germany, and raised in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Hinton Battle's tremendous talent became apparent at the early age of nine. After three years of studying ballet at the Jones & Haywood School of Ballet, he received a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, under the legendary George Balanchine. He studied there till, at the age of 15, he found himself on Broadway playing the Scarecrow in the historic Broadway musical The Wiz. Battle has the honor to have been the first African American to have received three Tony Awards for his work in the Broadway Shows Sophisticated Ladies (1981), The Tap Dance Kid (1984) and Miss Saigon (1992). He has also received the NAACP Award and the Fred Astaire Award for his work in The Tap Dance Kid. Other Broadway shows Battle has starred in include Dancin', Dreamgirls and Chicago as Billy Flynn. He received rave reviews as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the Chicago production of Ragtime, which garnered him an Ira Aldridge Award. Battle served as associate choreographer on both the 65th and 66th Annual Academy Awards. He received great notices for his work as an actor and choreographer on the feature film Foreign Student. He also wrote, directed and choreographed "712 Cathedral" for WJZ-TV. Battle has also choreographed for Coca-Cola and Disney; the sitcoms "Fired Up," "Sister, Sister," "The Trouble With Normal," "Andy Richter Controls the Universe," Warner Bros.' network promos; "The Ella Fitzgerald Tribute" and prepared recording artists for music videos and touring. In 1995, Battle performed Elton John's nominated song "Circle of Life" on the 67th Annual Academy Awards. With Otis Sallid, Battle developed his one-man show, Shine, for the 1997 HBO Comedy Festival - where he received tremendous attention as a comic force. Battle also performed on "The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Special." Battle narrated The Kennedy Center's children's ballet, Pepito's Story. As an actor, Battle starred opposite Shirley MacLaine, Joan Collins, Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor in the ABC television special "These Old Broads" and choreographed and starred as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story" for ABC. He also had the pleasure of playing "Sweet," the evil dance master in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Walter (Scott) McLucas II-- Scott McLucas has spent a life creating extraordinary opportunities for artists, actors, musicians and creative legends around the globe, through his One World Foundation. In 1993, in New York, he was presented with The Medal of the Writers Society of the United Nations for having created exchanges of productions of great American and Russian theater works in translation in both New York and Moscow, following the 'Russian Spring' of 1989-90. An important grant to New York's Signature Theater helped support the company's first seasonal exploration of the work of playwright Horton Foote in 1994-95, the year Foote won The Pulitzer Prize for Drama, beginning a long association in support of that playwright's work in New York and elsewhere. With New York's Irish Repertory Theatre and the York Theatre Company, the foundation produced several award winning plays and musicals Off-Broadway. In 1996, the W. Scott McLucas Theatre opened at the Irish Rep. In Great Britain, the foundation co-produced A Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir, translated and performed by Diana Quick. In France, the foundation was first commissioner and co-presenter of the world premiere of Bill T. Jones' award winning ballet, Still Here. The foundation was also seminal in bringing The Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre together with the Kennedy Center for a landmark interactive learning experience between Ladysmith Black Mombaza and young student audiences in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Japan. In Europe, through Syrinx Concerts, McLucas has presented innovative arrangements of classical music for chorus, orchestra, and new soloists. In 1996, he was named vice-president of the Renoir Museum Association to develop new exhibitions and international programs emanating from the painter's last home in Cagnes sur Mer, France. McLucas's memoir Lucky Life was published last year. He lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida with One World Foundation's co-founder, his beloved wife Nancy.