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Birth Place: Neptune City, New Jersey

Bio:
Michael is a Cornell Law School Graduate who left law for the profession that made him truly come alive. Other credits: Broadway: Revival of Hair, The Wiz (Lion), Senator Joe, Little Shop of Horrors (2003 Revival). National Tours: Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors. Off-Broadway: ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Broadway Center Stage Revival, 2018
Audrey II
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Transfer from London Production, 2016
Judge Turpin [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
Connecticut Rep Production, 2014
Performer
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 2004
Audrey II [voice]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2003
The Voice of Audrey II (Understudy)

Michael James Leslie Biography

Michael is a Cornell Law School Graduate who left law for the profession that made him truly come alive. Other credits: Broadway: Revival of Hair, The Wiz (Lion), Senator Joe, Little Shop of Horrors (2003 Revival). National Tours: Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors. Off-Broadway: Romance in Hard Times, The Butter fingers Angel, Warren G, Little Shop of Horrors, Mowgli, American Heroes. Regional: The Wiz (Muny Opera, Kansas City Starlight), Little Shop of Horrors (Dallas Summer Musicals), Once on This Island (St. Louis Rep, Lincolnshire Marriott), The Happy Elf (First Children’s Theater of Milwaukee), A Christmas Carol (Norfolk Stage & John Engeman Theatre), The Hot Mikado & Show Boat (Westchester Broadway Theatre), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Pioneer Theatre), Call Me Madam, Little Shop of Horrors (Paper Mill Playhouse & Kansas City Rep), Man of La Mancha (Barter Theatre), Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls (Theatre of Virginia), Boys from Syracuse (Olney Theatre), All About Us (Westport Country Playhouse), Shout Up a Morning ( La Jolla Playhouse), My One and Only (Cape Playhouse). Concerts: Kristina (Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, London, released on Decca Records), Home for the Holidays (Key West Pops Orchestra), The Gig (York Theatre, released on Jay Records), An Evening with Tim Rice (Holder’s Festival, Barbados), Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber (Scandinavia), Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops (Guest Artist). Television: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2015, 2016), Cupid, Conan O’Brien Show, Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with Ellen Greene. Awards: BTA of Chicago Nomination 2010, Best Featured Actor in a Musical or Review for Once on this Island; 2005 Denver Post Ovation Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actor Touring for Little Shop of Horrors.





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Photos: The York Theatre Celebrates the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala Photo Photos: The York Theatre Celebrates the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 15, 2022

The gala honored musical theater legend¬†Leslie Uggams¬† with the 2022¬†Oscar Hammerstein¬†Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, which will be presented by¬†Dionne Warwick.¬†Ted Chapin¬†was also honored with The¬†York Theatre Company¬†Founders' Award, presented by his daughters Anika and Zo√ę Chapin. Check out photos here!

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Photo Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes and Christine Pedi have joined the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will honor musical theater legend Leslie Uggams with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, which will be presented by Dionne Warwick. 

Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein A Photo Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2022

The York Theatre Company has announced the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will take place on Monday evening, November 14, 2022 at The Edison Rooftop.

BWW Feature: Vanguard Theater Company Artistic Director Janeece Freeman Clark on Bein Photo BWW Feature: Vanguard Theater Company Artistic Director Janeece Freeman Clark on Being a Black-Founded Organization, How it Came to Be, and More
by BWW Features - Aug 8, 2020

Janeece Freeman Clark, Artistic Director at Vanguard Theater Company, wrote a piece exclusively for BroadwayWorld, about how the company came to be, being a Black-founded organization, and more.

Vanguard Theater Co. Presents Broadway Buddy Mentorship Cabaret With Lin-Manuel Miran Photo Vanguard Theater Co. Presents Broadway Buddy Mentorship Cabaret With Lin-Manuel Miranda, Betty Buckley, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Jul 29, 2020

Vanguard Theater Companya??s Broadway Buddy Mentorship Cabaret will air on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8PM ET on BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, as a benefit for The Actors Fund. The show will feature an introduction by Broadway composer, actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

RECAP: The Genies of ALADDIN Shared Their Audition Stories on STARS IN THE HOUSE Photo RECAP: The Genies of ALADDIN Shared Their Audition Stories on STARS IN THE HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2020

Stars in the House continued Thursday night (8pm) for Genies In A Bottle with Juwan Crawley, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael James Scott, Major Attaway, and Trevor Dion Nicholas.

VIDEO: Watch the Genies of ALADDIN on STARS IN THE HOUSE Photo VIDEO: Watch the Genies of ALADDIN on STARS IN THE HOUSE
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 11, 2020

Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm) for Genies In A Bottle with Juwan Crawley, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael James Leslie and Trevor Dion Nicholas.

Virtual Theatre Today: Thursday, June 11- with Wesley Taylor, Josh Groban and More! Photo Virtual Theatre Today: Thursday, June 11- with Wesley Taylor, Josh Groban and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 11, 2020

Today (June 11) in live streaming: National Theatre at Home brings back The Madness of King George III, the newest Broadway's Next on Stage and so much more!

VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE Shines Spotlight on Change the Perception- Live at 2pm! Photo VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE Shines Spotlight on Change the Perception- Live at 2pm!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 11, 2020

Stars in the House continues today (2pm) with Regional Theatre Spotlight On: CHANGE THE PERCEPTION with Denise Lee, Thomas Collier, Devon Miller, W. Jerome Stevenson, David Stewart and Brandon White; and tonight (8pm) for Genies In A Bottle with Juwan Crawley, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael James Leslie and Trevor Dion Nicholas.

RECAP: Leslie Uggams Talked About Her Involvement with the NAACP and Michael James Le Photo RECAP: Leslie Uggams Talked About Her Involvement with the NAACP and Michael James Leslie Sang We Shall Overcome on STARS IN THE HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2020

Stars in The House continued this afternoon (2pm) for June is bustin' out all over with Leslie Uggams and guest Michael James Leslie. This episode is in support of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. 

Michael James Leslie Videos

VIDEO: Alan Menken Visits Kennedy Center's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Videoplay
VIDEO: Alan Menken Visits Kennedy Center's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

by Stage Tube - Oct 28, 2018

At a recent performance of Little Shop of Horrors at the Kennedy Center, composer Alan Menken stopped by! He took to the stage to say a few words to the cast, and you can watch his whole speech in the video below.

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Clips of GYPSY - Leslie Uggams, Michael James Leslie & More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2014

Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams is Rose, in GYPSY: A MUSICAL FABLE at Connecticut Repertory Theatre onstage July 10-20 at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre. Tickets and information at 860-486-2113. Check out a first look at highlights below!

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of CRT's GYPSY with Michael James Leslie and Leslie Uggams
by Stage Tube - Jul 9, 2014

Connecticut Repertory Theatre's GYPSY, starring Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams as 'Rose', runs July 10-20 at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre. Click below to watch a behind-the-scenes interview with Michael James Leslie (Broadway's The Wiz and Little Shop of Horrors), who plays 'Pop', along with scenes from the show!

STAGE TUBE: Inside Rehearsal for CT Rep's GYPSY with Leslie Uggams, Director Vincent J. Cardinal & More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 7, 2014

Below, check out a behind the scenes look inside rehearsal for GYPSY, starring Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams as Rose, at Connecticut Repertory Theatre! The production runs July 10-20 at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre. For tickets and information, call 860-486-2113.


Michael James Leslie Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Michael James Leslie been in?
Michael James Leslie has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

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Michael James Leslie has not appeared in the West End


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@cleoharvey18 - 11/18/21 05:25pm A beautiful acoustic version of Adele's "Lovesong." #Adele #mjleslie51 #annelivalge #LoveSong https://t.co/h8fmkqCpMp


@cleoharvey18 - 7/31/21 10:27am Having a grand time with Annie from Estonia. https://t.co/53TzpaQPpu


@cleoharvey18 - 7/25/21 11:24am "I Don't Wanna Talk About It" on #Smule: https://t.co/1NT4NuCiLu #Sing


@cleoharvey18 - 7/21/21 12:57pm Smule duet with a fabulous singer. "Let's Do It Again" on #Smule: https://t.co/Jha4yAvFKp #Sing


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