Tony Award-Winner Leslie Uggams' UPTOWN DOWNTOWN Album Released
Uptown Downtown, the new CD by Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist Leslie Uggams (On Golden Pond, King Headley II, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, Jerry's Girls, Her First Roman, Hallelujah, Baby! and television's Roots) is now available for download at iTunes, CDBaby.com, and Amazon.com. This 2-CD cast album includes 21 tracks (24 songs) from her critically acclaimed one-woman musical autobiography that charts her historic career from Harlem (Uptown) to Broadway (Downtown), and everywhere in between.
On Uptown Downtown the legendary star is backed by a seven-piece band that features Steve Bargonetti, Dan Block, Larry Farrell, Tony Kadleck, Ray Kilday, Don Rebic, and Buddy Williams. Tracks include "Born in a Trunk" which tells of her beginnings as a nine-year-old at the famed Apollo Theatre, opening for greats like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington, and "My Own Morning" and "Being Good" which recall her Tony-winning performance in Hallelujah, Baby! in which she made her Broadway debut at the age of 24. Other great hits include "There's a Boat That's Leaving for New York," "Sunny Side of the Street," "Up on the Roof," "Hello, Young Lovers," "Good Morning, Heartache," "Summertime," "If He Walked into My Life," and "Stormy Weather."
In performances across the country, Uptown Downtown has earned the LA Drama Critics Circle Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, an IRNE Award, and the Broadway World People's Choice Award. Critics have called it "dazzling," "absolutely stunning," "a spectacularly entertaining evening," and "pure bliss." Uggams hopes to bring the show to Broadway in the near future.
Uptown Downtown is written and conceived by Leslie Uggams and Michael Bush; directed by Michael Bush; and conducted by Don Rebic. Producer is Grahame Pratt. The CD is also available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble on East 86th Street in New York City.
Despite her long and distinguished career as a stage actress, concert performer and recording artist, Uggams is probably best known for her history-making role as Kizzy in the unforgettable television series, Alex Haley's "Roots." Gaining worldwide recognition as a dramatic actress as a result of her remarkable portrayal, Uggams earned the Critics Choice Award, an Emmy nomination, and a Golden Globe nomination. She later starred in the NBC miniseries "Backstairs at the White House." Recently Uggams was reunited with several "Roots" cast members in "Oprah and the Legendary Cast of 'Roots' 35 Years Later," an anniversary special that aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
For more information, visit www.leslieuggams.com.
Track list: Act I: 1. Rhapsody in Blue/There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York/New York, New York. 2. Them There Eyes. 3. My Own Morning. 4. Born in a Trunk. 4. Sunny Side of the Street. 6. Up a Lazy River. 7. A Tisket A Tasket. 8. I Wanna Be Around/You Made Me Love You. 9. Up on the Roof. 10. Hello Young Lovers. 11. Good Morning Heartache. 12. It Don't Mean a Thing If You Ain't Got That Swing/Take the A Train. Act II: 13. Love. 14. Yesterday/Yesterdays. 15. Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home. 16. Broadway. 17. Summertime. 18. I Got Plenty of Nothin'. 19. If He Walked into My Life. 20. Stormy Weather. 21. The Man I Love.