January 25, 2009 |
Leslie Uggams and Lena Horne have crossed paths only a few times. But Uggams feels that the force and power of the iconic singer have always been a part of her. "Lena was a goddess in my house -- my mother played her records all the time, and I was always moved by how beautiful and classy she was," says Uggams. "When I was doing my nightclub act at the Coconut Grove in 1965, she pinned me as a Delta -- we both belong to Delta Sigma Theta. I've always felt like she's been so close to me."
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November 13, 1999 |
The question confronting the packed house waiting for Leslie Uggams to sing Thursday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center was simple: Which Leslie Uggams would turn up for the cabaret season's opening performance in Founders Hall? Would it be the Leslie Uggams of "Sing Along With Mitch"? The Leslie Uggams of "Roots"? Or the Leslie Uggams of countless concert and musical-theater performances? The answer, as it turned out, was a lot better than the question.
January 26, 1997 |
LeVar Burton Role: Kunta Kinte MEMORIES: "I was the first one there [on location] in Savannah. Everyone came in after I arrived, and the buzz among the actors was, 'This is material that we do not often see.' These were all veterans in the industry and really venerable actors in my eyes, and they all had a special feeling in their voices when talking about the script. "There's such a thing as the 'Roots' family.
October 7, 1991 |
San Bernardino Civic Light Opera's "Stringbean" looks authentic. Looks can be deceiving. Lanie Robertson's surprisingly powerful star-is-born melodrama is presented as a realistic play about Ethel Waters. It is nothing of the kind. The illusion is strengthened by Leslie Uggams' performance.
July 27, 1988 |
Leslie Uggams will star in the touring production of "Anything Goes" that will play the Southland next year. The casting was announced by a spokesman for the Orange County Performing Arts Center, where the Cole Porter show will play Sept. 19-24, 1989. The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera has also announced "Anything Goes" is on its schedule, and a New York spokesman for the show confirmed that the road company of the Tony-winning revival, featuring Uggams, will play Los Angeles July 18-Sept.
September 30, 1987 |
A benefit for AIDS victims in Chicago with Angela Lansbury and Oprah Winfrey, among others, drew more than 3,000 people. The two-hour sell-out performance also featured Peter Allen, Colleen Dewhurst, Jerry Herman, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams and five Chicago choirs. The benefit was dedicated to Broadway producer Fritz Holt, who helped organize it before he died of AIDS last summer.