CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1999 |
Versatility could be Leslie Uggams' middle name. Mention an area of show business--from nightclubs and musical theater to television and films--and the multitalented performer can comfortably say, "Been there, done that." Thursday through Sunday, Uggams, 56, will touch on many of the high points in her five-decade career in a performance opening the 1999-2000 Cabaret Series at Founders Hall in the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
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.
September 11, 2010 |
As it gradually works its way back to solid financial ground, the Pasadena Playhouse has added two more productions to its lineup for the upcoming season. Ed Asner will star in the solo show "FDR" (Oct. 12 to Nov. 7), a drama that follows the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from inauguration to World War II. The production is based on Dore Schary's Tony-winning play "Sunrise at Campobello" that ran on Broadway in 1958 and was made into a film in 1960. "Uptown, Downtown" (Nov.