Justin Guarini and Leslie Uggams Set for Bucks County Playhouse, Feb 2014
Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons, starring Tyne Daly, received its world premiere at the Bucks County Playhouse and will make the leap to Broadway this spring, returning The Playhouse to its roots as an incubator for Broadway (starting with 1951′s The Fourposter starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, Neil Simon's first play Come Blow Your Horn, and Barefoot in the Park starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley).
Thanks to the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, this beloved theatrical landmark was re-opened and celebrated on July 2, 2012, exactly 73 years and a day from when it originally opened in 1939. The Bucks County Playhouse is located at 70 South Main Street in New Hope, PA.
Justin Guarini, Broadway: Romeo and Juliet (Paris) American Idiot (Will), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Carlos, original cast). Solo albums: Justin Guarini RCA Records: Stranger Things Have Happened. Theater: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Drake); Rent (Roger); Chicago (Mr. Flynn); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ( Joseph): Once on This Island (Daniel), The Little Prince (Prince). Film: Fast Girl (Darryl), From Justin to Kelly (Justin). TV: "American Idol" season 1 runner-up (Fox), "Run of the House" (Fox), "Film Fakers" (AMC), "Gone Country" (CMT season 3), TV Guide Network, host/correspondent; "Live With Regis & Kelly" (guest host, ABC). Other: Disney World's The American Idol Experience, virtual host. Justin is currently involved with the ETM-LA (Education Through Music Los Angeles) that funds music programs in disadvantaged schools.
Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem to Broadway, the big screen (Skyjacked) to television (The Leslie Uggams Show). 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), Ms. Uggams has performed to critical and popular acclaim ever since her first professional appearances at the age of nine at the famed Apollo Theater.
Currently Ms. 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. Ms. Uggams also recently starred in the Broadway-bound world premiere of Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story (Ovation nomination) at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, breaking that theater's all-time house attendance record.
On Broadway Ms. 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 most recently On Golden Pond opposite James Earl Jones.
Ms. Uggams' still vibrant television career, which began at the age of six portraying Ethel Waters' niece on the TV series Beulah, spans decades. As a regular on Sing Along with Mitch Leslie was the first African American performer to be featured on a weekly national primetime television series. Other guest appearances include The Muppets and Sesame Street, The Good Wife, Memphis Beat and NYC 22.
In concert Ms. Uggams has toured with Peter Nero and Mel Torme; performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Jerry Herman's Broadway, an all-star tribute to the legendary composer; and appeared as a guest soloist with numerous symphony orchestras across the country, including The Cincinnati Pops, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Symphony Orchestra and The Rhode Island Symphony.