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Leslie Uggams

 
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem to Broadway, the big screen to television. Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley's Roots, Ms. Uggams has performed to critical and ... (read complete bio)
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Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem to Broadway, the big screen to television. Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley's Roots, Ms. Uggams has performed to critical and ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Regional (US)]
Connecticut Rep Production, 2014
Rose
  [Off-Broadway]
2008
Gremmar
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
Ethel Thayer
  [New York]
Workshop, 2004
Lena Horne
  [New York]
Workshop, 2004
Momma
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2003
Peggy Clark
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2002
Good Sister Dupree
Good Sister Dupree
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Muzzy Van Hossmere [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Ruby
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Elizabeth Borny
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1996
Performer
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1988
Reno Sweeney
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1987
Reno Sweeney [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1985
Performer
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1985
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1982
Woman #1
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1968
Cleopatra
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1967
Georgina

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Leslie Uggams, Laura Osnes, Will Chase & Company Photo

Leslie Uggams, Laura Osnes, Will Chase & Company

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Leslie Uggams and Laura Osnes Photo

Leslie Uggams and Laura Osnes

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10/22/2020

 

Stage

Performances
  [Regional (US)]
Connecticut Rep Production, 2014
Rose

  [Off-Broadway]
2008
Gremmar

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2005
Ethel Thayer

  [New York]
Workshop, 2004
Lena Horne

  [New York]
Workshop, 2004
Momma

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2003
Peggy Clark

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2002
Good Sister Dupree

Good Sister Dupree

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2002
Muzzy Van Hossmere [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Ruby

  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Elizabeth Borny

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1996
Performer

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1988
Reno Sweeney

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1987
Reno Sweeney [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1985
Performer

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1985
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1982
Woman #1

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1968
Cleopatra

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1967
Georgina

Leslie Uggams Biography

Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem to Broadway, the big screen to television. Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley's Roots, 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 in New York City. There she opened for such musical legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. Now, after six decades on stage and screen, she is a legend in her own right. She is on the Board of Directors of the Apollo Theater; was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut; and is also the recipient of an American Artist Award from Arena Stage in Washington, DC.

Leslie Uggams Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
Leslie UggamsOn Golden Pond
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Leslie Uggams, King Hedley II
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Leslie Uggams , King Hedley II
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Leslie Uggams , Hallelujah, Baby!
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1967 - Best New Personalities Gold Star
Leslie Uggams, Hallelujah, Baby!
 
Theatre World Awards - 1967 - Performance Gold Star
Leslie Uggams, Hallelujah, Baby!

Leslie Uggams News

Sally Mayes, Nicolas King, Shereen Pimentel & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Photo Sally Mayes, Nicolas King, Shereen Pimentel & More Join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 23, 2022

Tony nominee¬†Sally Mayes, Bistro winner¬†Nicolas King,¬†Shereen Pimentel, and Bistro winner¬†Amy Jo Jackson¬†(Joe‚Äôs Pub) have joined the line-up for the 10th¬†annual¬†‚ÄúNight¬†Of A¬†Thousand¬†Judys‚Ä̬†‚Ästthe Pride concert to benefit¬†The Ali Forney Center¬†written and hosted by¬†Justin Elizabeth Sayre¬†‚Äď at¬†Joe‚Äôs Pub¬†on¬†Sunday, June 5.

Season of Concern to Present One-Night-Only Benefit Performance of JERRY'S GIRLS Photo Season of Concern to Present One-Night-Only Benefit Performance of JERRY'S GIRLS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022

Season of Concern, the emergency fund for Chicago theater artists, will present a one-night-only benefit performance of Jerry’s Girls, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, concepts by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento, and Jerry Herman, direction by Ken-Matt Martin, and musical direction by Nigel D. Robinson. 

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, May 22, 2022 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, May 22, 2022
by TV Scoop - May 19, 2022

Get all the scoop on FAMILY GUY, airing on FOX on Sunday, May 22, 2022! Peter attends a business conference in Atlantic City with Preston. Meanwhile, Stewie helps Chris prepare for his role in Adam West High’s rendition of “Romeo and Juliet.' Plus, watch a clip from a recent episode now!

BWW Feature: 'Now's the Time' to see HALLELUJAH, BABY! at Haddonfield Plays & Players Photo BWW Feature: 'Now's the Time' to see HALLELUJAH, BABY! at Haddonfield Plays & Players
by Amber Kusching - May 15, 2022

Now’s the time! Get out of your room, grab your favorite beverage, and head over to Haddonfield Plays & Players’ production of Hallelujah, Baby! playing May 20th through June 4th in Haddonfield, NJ.

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, May 8, 2022 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, May 8, 2022
by TV Scoop - May 5, 2022

Get all the scoop on FAMILY GUY, airing on FOX on Sunday, May 8, 2022! Justin Hartley Guest-Voices in the new episode. Plus, watch a clip from a recent episode now!

Kathryn Gallagher, Bonnie Milligan & More to Star in NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Hosted Photo Kathryn Gallagher, Bonnie Milligan & More to Star in NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 4, 2022

The 10th¬†annual¬†‚ÄúNight¬†Of A¬†Thousand¬†Judys‚Ä̬†‚Ästthe Pride concert to benefit¬†The Ali Forney Center¬†written and hosted by¬†Justin Elizabeth Sayre¬†‚Äď will take place at¬†Joe‚Äôs Pub¬†on¬†Sunday, June 5.¬†

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, May 1, 2022 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, May 1, 2022
by TV Scoop - Apr 28, 2022

Get all the scoop on FAMILY GUY, airing on FOX on Sunday, May 1, 2022! When Lois‚Äô piano student, Alana, comes to work for the Griffins, Lois is initially glad for the help, until she realizes Alana‚Äôs intentions are more sinister than she thought in the all-new ‚ÄúAll About Alana‚ÄĚ episode. Plus, watch a clip from a recent episode!

Hugo Armstrong, Anne Gee Byrd & More to Star in UNCLE VANYA at Pasadena Playhouse Photo Hugo Armstrong, Anne Gee Byrd & More to Star in UNCLE VANYA at Pasadena Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 26, 2022

Pasadena Playhouse has announced casting and creative team for the Los Angeles premiere of the Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky translation of Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov coming to the Playhouse June 1 through June 26; the press opening is Sunday, June 5 at 5 p.m. 

Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, April 24, 2022 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of FAMILY GUY on FOX - Sunday, April 24, 2022
by TV Scoop - Apr 21, 2022

Get all the scoop on FAMILY GUY, airing on FOX on Sunday, April 24, 2022! Sam Elliott Guest Voices on the upcoming rebroadcast. Plus, watch a clip from a recent episode now!

BMHC Presents MUSIC BY THE BOOK Live Conversation With Dr. Chris Washburne and Bobby  Photo BMHC Presents MUSIC BY THE BOOK Live Conversation With Dr. Chris Washburne and Bobby Sanabria
by Stephi Wild - Apr 15, 2022

In recognition of April as Jazz Appreciation Month the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) hosts  a discussion with Dr. Chris Washburne and BMHC co-artistic director Bobby Sanabria  about Washburne's latest book, Latin Jazz: The Other Jazz. This discussion will focus on why this genre of jazz is deserving of more appreciation from the jazz world.

Leslie Uggams Videos

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre VideoVIDEO: Sneak Peek of BLUES IN THE NIGHT at Ebony Reptertory Theatre
by Gigi Gervais - Nov 20, 2021

Set in 1948 in a Chicago hotel that has seen better days, the interwoven stories of BLUES IN THE NIGHT evoke the misery and humor of life, love and the dogged determination to do more than just survive. The drama reveals itself through glorious songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.

MARK WILLIAM: COME CROON WITH ME to Play Feinstein's at Hotel Carmichael in Carmel VideoMARK WILLIAM: COME CROON WITH ME to Play Feinstein's at Hotel Carmichael in Carmel
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 30, 2021

Mark William hits the stage like a lighting bolt! Putting his own unique, youthful spin on golden age crooner styling, Mark performs a collection of timeless tunes from Broadway and The Great American Songbook, including such iconic songs as Come Fly With Me, Moon River, and Over the Rainbow.

BWW Exclusive: Minnie Mouse Teaches Leslie Uggams' Nana Beaver to Tap Dance on MINNIE VideoBWW Exclusive: Minnie Mouse Teaches Leslie Uggams' Nana Beaver to Tap Dance on MINNIE'S BOW-TOONS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 18, 2021

In the new episode entitled ‚ÄúAll that Jazz,‚ÄĚ Minnie teaches Nana Beaver (voiced by Uggams) and her son Joey to tap dance in true Broadway fashion.

VIDEO: Audra McDonald & Will Swenson, Phillipa Soo & Steven Pasquale and More Talk Sp VideoVIDEO: Audra McDonald & Will Swenson, Phillipa Soo & Steven Pasquale and More Talk Spectrum Originals Series THE BITE
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 18, 2021

BroadwayWorld sat down with the creators and stars of the new Spectrum Originals series, The Bite to discuss what viewers can expect and more! Check out interviews with Audra McDonald and Will Swenson, Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasquale, Leslie Uggams, and The Bite's creators, executive producers and Writers Robert and Michelle King.

VIDEO: Because it's June! Watch Leslie Uggams' Iconic Performance of 'June is Bustin' VideoVIDEO: Because it's June! Watch Leslie Uggams' Iconic Performance of 'June is Bustin' Out All Over'
by Stage Tube - Jun 1, 2020

It's that time of year again! We're celebrating June 1 with the iconic video of Leslie Uggams singing 'June is Bustin' Out All Over' from Carousel!

VIDEO: BLUE Celebrates Mothers' Day, Featuring Lynn Whitfield, Phylicia Rashad, and M VideoVIDEO: BLUE Celebrates Mothers' Day, Featuring Lynn Whitfield, Phylicia Rashad, and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 10, 2020

Blue, the new play directed by Phylicia Rashad, is celebrating Mothers' Day with a new video!

Mark William, Two-Time BWW Cabaret Award Winner and MAC Award Nominee, Returns to The VideoMark William, Two-Time BWW Cabaret Award Winner and MAC Award Nominee, Returns to The Green Room 42
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 2, 2020

Fresh off his wins for BroadwayWorld's Best Debut Show and Best Independent Recording of 2019, Mark returns to The Green Room 42 on Friday March 6th at 7pm to continue his love affair with the Great American Songbook. Mark hypnotizes with a set of enduring classics filtered through his youthful perspective and talent set. The show is distinctly new-age romantic, while still evocative of golden-age cinematic glamour. Backed by a stellar six-piece band led by musical director Clint Edwards, the show is directed by Preston and Richard Ridge.

BWW TV: Watch Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley & More Tribute Jerry He VideoBWW TV: Watch Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley & More Tribute Jerry Herman!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 4, 2020

Michael Feinstein produced a memorial event at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, featuring performances by: Feinstein ('I Won't Send Roses'), Kristin Chenoweth ('If He Walked Into My Life'), Sutton Foster ('I Don't Want to Know'), Kelli O'Hara ('Before the Parade Passes By'), Leslie Uggams ('I Am What I Am'), Bernadette Peters ('Time Heals Everything'), Betty Buckley ('Hello, Dolly!'), Klea Blackhurst and Tyne Daly ('Bosom Buddies'), John Bolton ('It Takes a Woman'), Lorna Luft ('Gooch's Song'), Ron Raines ('Mame'), Jason Graae ('You I Like'), Marilyn Maye ('It's Today'), Jeremy Jordan ('It Only Takes a Moment'), Lee Roy Reams ('The Best of Times'), and Debbie Gravitte ('Wherever He Ain't'), with Alice Borden, Jane Dorian, and Harvey Fierstein, and special video tributes from Angela Lansbury and Paul McCartney. Marc Bruni directed the event with Larry Blank serving as music director, and Don Pippin (guest conductor).

BWW TV: Mark William Gets Ready for Album Debut and Return to Green Room 42 VideoBWW TV: Mark William Gets Ready for Album Debut and Return to Green Room 42
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 1, 2019

Yellow Sound Label has announced the release of Mark William: Come Croon With Me, the debut recording of Mark William. Featuring the songs in his critically acclaimed nightclub act, Come Croon With Me, it is now available for pre-order and will be released on CD, digital download, and all streaming platforms on November 22.

Photos/Video: First Look at Playhouse on the Square's ON GOLDEN POND VideoPhotos/Video: First Look at Playhouse on the Square's ON GOLDEN POND
by Stephi Wild - Sep 20, 2019

Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with An Anonymous Company and super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, present the theatre classic originally produced in the New Apollo Theatre and the Century Theatre in 1979, running for 382 performances.


Leslie Uggams Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Leslie Uggams been in?
Leslie Uggams has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Leslie Uggams been in?
Leslie Uggams has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Leslie Uggams been nominated for?
Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for On Golden Pond , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for King Hedley II , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for King Hedley II , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hallelujah, Baby! Best New Personalities (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Hallelujah, Baby! and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Hallelujah, Baby! .

What awards has Leslie Uggams won?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hallelujah, Baby! Best New Personalities (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Hallelujah, Baby!and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Hallelujah, Baby!.