Leslie Uggams to Star in STORMY WEATHER: THE LENA HORNE STORY on Broadway?
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Uggams also starred in the world premiere of STORMY WEATHER, which took place at the Pasadena Playhouse in California in 2008, where it broke that theater's all-time house attendance record.
Stormy Weather celebrates The Life of the legendary Lena Horne. Conceived and written by Sharleen Cooper Cohen, the show features music by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hart, Billy Strayhorn, and more. Stormy Weather is suggested by the biography "Lena Horne, Entertainer" published by Chelsea House.
Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem (Uptown) to Broadway (Downtown), the big screen (Skyjacked) to television (The Leslie Uggams Show). She is perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley's "Roots" (Critics Choice Award, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations). Now, after six decades on stage and screen, Ms. Uggams is a legend in her own right. She is now on the Board of Directors of the Apollo Theater, and she was recently honored with the American Artist Award in a gala ceremony held at Arena Stage in Washington, DC.
Currently, Uggams has been touring nationally, performing to sold-out audiences, with her autobiographical one- woman musical Uptown/Downtown (LA Drama Critics Circle Award, NAACP Theatre Award, IRNE Award, Broadway World People's Choice Award) which chronicles her extraordinary career in stories and song.
Uggams also recently starred in the Encores! presentation of Pipe Dream at New York City Center. On Broadway, Uggams made her stunning musical theater debut starring in Hallelujah, Baby! earning both Tony and Theater World awards. Since then she has starred on Broadway in Blues in the Night, Her First Roman with Richard Kiley, Jerry's Girls, Anything Goes at the Lincoln Center Theatre (also the first national tour), King Headley II with Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie, and On Golden Pond opposite James Earl Jones.
Off-Broadway Uggams has won Audelo Awards for several highly praised star turns including The Old Settler, Keb Mo's blues musical Thunder Knocking on the Door, and most recently First Breeze of Summer at the acclaimed Signature Theater. Regional roles include A Little Night Music at Michigan Opera Theatre, The Rink at the Cape Playhouse, Hello, Dolly! at Houston's Theater Under the Stars, Master Class at TheaterFest in New Jersey, and Call Me Madam and Blue at Paper Mill Playhouse, NJ.