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Hallelujah, Baby! is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, and a book by Arthur Laurents. The show is "a chronicle of the African American struggle for equality during the [first half of the] 20th century."[1]



The musical premiered on Broadway in 1967 and made a young Leslie Uggams a star. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical.


WONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Goodman Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 Season with a major revival of Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein's timeless musical composition of hope and adventure, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia Star in WONDERFUL TOWN, Beginning Tonight at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2016

Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, begins tonight, September 10, at the Goodman Theatre. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad to Honor Dance Legend Louis Johnson in UP IN THE AIR Tribute This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

UP IN THE AIR, a tribute to dance legend Louis Johnson, will take place Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Peter Norton Theater at Symphony Space located at 2537 Broadway in New York City. The event has two purposes: to honor the life and work of Johnson and to raise funds to complete a feature length documentary about the renowned dancer entitled UP IN THE AIR. (more...)

Frank Torren Returns in 'Moment to Moment' 10/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2014

Frank Torren will take the stage in his solo show once again Oct. 26-29 at Don't Tell Mama (343 W 46 St). At last season's MAC Award show, Frank Torren was one of only three stalwarts of cabaret nominated for Best Male Vocalist. He's the real thing! (more...)

Frank Torren Returns in 'Moment to Moment' 10/26-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

Frank Torren will take the stage in his solo show once again Oct. 26-29 at Don't Tell Mama (343 W 46 St). At last season's MAC Award show, Frank Torren was one of only three stalwarts of cabaret nominated for Best Male Vocalist. He's the real thing! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 27, 2015
by - Oct 27, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 27 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

THE SPITFIRE GRILL - Next for Musical Theatre Guild
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 21st Anniversary Season with award-winning Off-Broadway musical THE SPITFIRE GRILL.  The one-night-only concert will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Alan Weeks, Star of Broadway's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', THE WIZ and More, Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Alan Weeks, who took over for Andre De Shields in Broadway's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' as part of a lengthy career on the New York stage. (more...)

Leslie Uggams to Take on Title Role in Colman Domingo's DOT Off-Broadway at Vineyard; Susan Stroman to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2015

BroadwayWorld has learned that Leslie Uggams -- the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress who has been opening doors for African-American actors for five decades --- will perform the title role in the NY debut of Colman Domingo's newest play, DOT, at Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.) beginning February 4, 2016 and opening February 23. (more...)

Photo Flash: Musical Theatre Guild's One-Night-Only Staging of THE SPITFIRE GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, continued their 21st Anniversary Season with the award-winning Off-Broadway musical THE SPITFIRE GRILL.  The one-night-only concert took place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

BWW Staff Profile: Theatre Life with Jennifer Perry
by Elliot Lanes - Nov 1, 2016

Today's subject is living her theatre life from a very important vantage point; the audience. Let's face it, without audience members there would be no reason to do what we do. (more...)

Leslie Uggams Receives Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from UConn Today
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist Leslie Uggams will receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs today, May 9 during the school's 2015 commencement ceremonies. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/25/16- Leslie Uggams
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Leslie Uggams! Uggams starred in Hallelujah, Baby!, which premiered on Broadway in 1967, and won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical. She appeared on Broadway in the revue Blues in the Night in 1982 and in the musical revue of the works of Jerry Herman, Jerry's Girls in 1985. Later Broadway roles include Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003 - 2004) and Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond at the Kennedy Center in 2004 and on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 2005. In 2001 she appeared in the August Wilson play King Hedley II, receiving a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/25/15- Leslie Uggams
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2015

Happy Birthday Leslie Uggams! Uggams starred in Hallelujah, Baby!, which premiered on Broadway in 1967, and won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical. She appeared on Broadway in the revue Blues in the Night in 1982 and in the musical revue of the works of Jerry Herman, Jerry's Girls in 1985. Later Broadway roles include Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003 - 2004) and Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond at the Kennedy Center in 2004 and on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 2005. In 2001 she appeared in the August Wilson play King Hedley II, receiving a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. (more...)

BWW Interview: Aaron Lazar Talks Working With Broadway Legends, Giving Back to Seniors, and More!
by Sally Henry - May 22, 2015

Though no one in Aaron Lazar's family had professionally pursued show business before he came along, he sees his entire career as being heavily influenced by his musically talented grandparents and great-grandparents. So in order to give back to the special seniors in his personal and professional life, Lazar has become involved with JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging), a non-profit organization. Lazar opened up to me about the impact the seniors in his life have had on him, his favorite memories from working with legends like Angela Lansbury and Elaine Stritch, why he wanted to join JASA, and more. Check out the interview below! (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild Sets 21st Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, has announced an exciting quartet of shows to celebrate its twenty-first season of Broadway in Concert musicals.  The MTG 2016-2017 season includes: PROMISES, PROMISES; THE SPITFIRE GRILL; Hallelujah, Baby! and STATE FAIR. (more...)

Photo Coverage: New Dramatists Honor Brian Stokes Mitchell at Spring Gala!
by Walter McBride - May 15, 2015

New Dramatists, Tony Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, just honored Tony Award winning actor and Chairman of the Board of The Actors Fund, Brian Stokes Mitchell with their 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 66th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute. The event featured musical performances from some of Mitchell's most memorable shows by Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams (King Hedley II, Hallelujah Baby), Nicolette Robinson (Brooklynite, TV's 'The Affair,' 'Hart of Dixie') and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton, NBC's 'Smash'), and Tony nominated Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q, Carnival at City Center Encores!). BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the event below! (more...)

New Dramatists' Spring 2015 Luncheon Honors Brian Stokes Mitchell Today
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

NEW DRAMATISTS, Tony Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, will honor Tony Award winning actor and Chairman of the Board of The Actors Fund, Brian Stokes Mitchell with their 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 66th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute. (more...)

Jenn Colella, Erin Davie & More Set for York's 100 MUSICALS IN MUFTI Benefit Concert; John Tartaglia to Host!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, will present an unforgettable one-night only benefit, The 100 Musicals in Mufti Concert Celebration. The evening will honor the acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series and its landmark 100th production, on Monday evening, March 30, 2015 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in The Sanctuary at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue at the corner of East 54th Street). All proceeds will benefit The York Theatre Company and the Musicals in Mufti Series. (more...)

Who Will Win the 2015 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 6, 2015

The 69th Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 7th at 8/9c hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long award season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize.  (more...)

VIDEOS: Barbra Streisand's Broadway! Part Six: The 2010s
by Michael Dale - Jun 15, 2016

The last of a six-part, decade-by-decade video series sampling the legendary artist's performances of musical theatre classics. (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, Cyndi Lauper's History-Making KINKY BOOTS Win, 2013
by Michael Dale - Jun 10, 2016

Cynd iLauper is the first woman to win the Tony for Best Score without a male partner. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2016 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 10, 2016

The 70th Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 12th at 8/9c hosted by James Corden. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize. (more...)

Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia to Star in WONDERFUL TOWN at Goodman Theatre; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats RIO, HALLELUJAH BABY
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 20, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: June is bustin' out all over and the birds are flying down to Rio! (more...)

Leslie Uggams to Perform in Concert, Conduct Master Classes at Wright State, 1/22-23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams will share her insights and talents with students of the Wright State University Musical Theatre Program January 22-23 in Dayton, Ohio. Uggams will become the first major visiting artist to conduct master classes and perform as a guest of the school's new Musical Theatre Initiative. (more...)

Leslie Uggams Performs in Concert, Conducts Master Classes at Wright State This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams will share her insights and talents with students of the Wright State University Musical Theatre Program today and tomorrow, January 22-23 in Dayton, Ohio. Uggams will become the first major visiting artist to conduct master classes and perform as a guest of the school's new Musical Theatre Initiative. (more...)

Leslie Uggams to Perform in Concert, Conduct Master Classes at Wright State, 1/22-23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams will share her insights and talents with students of the Wright State University Musical Theatre Program January 22-23 in Dayton, Ohio. Uggams will become the first major visiting artist to conduct master classes and perform as a guest of the school's new Musical Theatre Initiative. (more...)

VIDEO: Broadway Veteran Leslie Uggams Talks New Action Adventure DEADPOOL
by Movies News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Below, watch DEADPOOL's official behind-the-scenes interview with Leslie Uggams as well as the film's official trailer featuring the legendary actress. (more...)

Leslie Uggams to Take on Title Role in Colman Domingo's DOT Off-Broadway at Vineyard; Susan Stroman to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

BroadwayWorld has learned that Leslie Uggams -- the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress who has been opening doors for African-American actors for five decades --- will perform the title role in the NY debut of Colman Domingo's newest play, DOT, at Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.) beginning February 4, 2016 and opening February 23. (more...)

Photo Flash: Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Yesterday, February 25, author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide…, War Horse), was joined by Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), and acclaimed director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Blues in the Night), for a conversation with Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect…, Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) at Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street, to discuss the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Today, February 25 at 7PM, Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street hosts author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide..., War Horse), Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), acclaimed Broadway director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Play On!, Blues in the Night), and author Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect..., Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) in a discussion about the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More to Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

On Wednesday, February 25 at 7PM, Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street hosts author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide…, War Horse), Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), acclaimed Broadway director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Play On!, Blues in the Night), and author Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect…, Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) in a discussion about the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. This special Black History Month event celebrates the release of Lane's new book Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way. (more...)

Leslie Uggams to Take on Title Role in Colman Domingo's DOT Off-Broadway at Vineyard; Susan Stroman to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

BroadwayWorld has learned that Leslie Uggams -- the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress who has been opening doors for African-American actors for five decades --- will perform the title role in the NY debut of Colman Domingo's newest play, DOT, at Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.) beginning February 4, 2016 and opening February 23. (more...)

DEADPOOL on the Way to Doubling Projected Revenue
by Sally Henry - Feb 13, 2016

He might not be the best-known superhero, but audiences are eating him up already. (more...)

Ryan Reynolds Reacts to DEADPOOL Co-Star Leslie Uggams' Lyrics Flub
by Movies News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

In this DEADPOOL special on Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Reynolds talks with the editorial director of People and EW and listens to a clip of legendary co-star and Broadway veteran Leslie Uggams forgetting lyrics and singing gibberish in one of the Internets first viral videos. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 1, 2016
by - Feb 1, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: A Helluva Guy! An Adolph Green Centennial Celebration - ON THE TOWN, PETER PAN, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 6, 2014

Today we turn our attention to a Golden Age master who was celebrated earlier this week via PETER PAN LIVE! and rightly so given this is now his centennial year, Adolph Green. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Leslie Uggams Performs New Curtis McKonly Song 'Wishing You a Happy New Year'
by Stage Tube - Dec 31, 2015

Leslie Uggams recently recorded a rendition of Curtis McKonly's latest tune, 'Wishing You a Happy New Year,' alongside a 41-piece orchestra in celebration of 2015 coming to a close. Check it out below! (more...)

Wick Theatre's MAME, Starring Leslie Uggams, Begins Performances Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2014

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams (Roots, Hallelujah, Baby!) will open a new window this holiday season when she stars in Jerry Herman's glorious musical MAME at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. Based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis, this Tony Award-nominated classic is filled with irresistible songs including 'Open a New Window,' 'We Need a Little Christmas,' 'Bosom Buddies' and 'If He Walked into My Life.' The book is by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Leslie Uggams and More in Wick Theatre's MAME in Boca Raton
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams (Roots, Hallelujah, Baby!) will open a new window this holiday season when she stars in Jerry Herman's glorious musical MAME at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. Scroll down for a first look at Uggams and the company in action! (more...)

Stephen Sondheim's THE FROGS is Hopping into the West End!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The latest Broadway version of the rarely performed Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs, an hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, is to get its UK premiere in 2017 at Jermyn Street Theatre. (more...)

Leslie Uggams Exits Colman Domingo's DOT; Marjorie Johnson Takes Over Lead
by TV News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Ms. Uggams has exited the project in favor of taking on a recurring role in the hit FOX drama series EMPIRE (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild to Open 21st Season with PROMISES, PROMISES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

?Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will launch their 21st Anniversary Season with the rollicking pop Broadway musical PROMISES, PROMISES. (more...)

WONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Goodman Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 Season with a major revival of Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein's timeless musical composition of hope and adventure, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Courtney B. Vance Join Renee Elise Goldsberry-Led Telepic for HBO
by TV News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Courtney B. Vance and Leslie Uggams are the latest stars to join the cast of HBO Films' THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. (more...)

Leslie Uggams to Receive Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from UConn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist Leslie Uggams will receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs on Saturday, May 9 during the school's 2015 commencement ceremonies. (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Leslie Odom, Jr. & More to Perform at New Dramatists' Luncheon, Honoring Brian Stokes Mitchell
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

NEW DRAMATISTS, Tony Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, will honor Tony Award winning actor and Chairman of the Board of The Actors Fund, Brian Stokes Mitchell with their 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 66th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Broadway Rocks! A Slew Of New Musicals Featuring Contemporary Scores Coming Soon - WAITRESS, HAMILTON, AMERICAN PSYCHO, SCHOOL OF ROCK, Bowie & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 3, 2015

Today we are highlighting the many contemporary scores poised to arrive on Broadway in the near future. (more...)

2015 Lotte Lenya Competition Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

In a record-breaking year for the number of prizes and total cash awarded, Lauren Michelle, of Los Angeles, won the $15,000 First Prize in the finals of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and held on April 18, 2015, in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Robin Bailey, of London, U.K., and Jordan Davidson, of Philadelphia, N.Y., both won Second Prizes of $10,000, and two Third Prizes of $7,500 each were awarded to Adam Fieldson, of Lincoln, Neb., and Michael Maliakel, of New York. (more...)

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