Leslie Uggams, Uptown Downtown
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.