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Leslie Uggams


Leslie Uggams won the Tony Award® for Leading Actress in a Musical for Hallelujah, Baby!. She received a second Tony® nomination and an AUDLECO Award for her performance in August Wilson’s King Hedley II, which also played at the Kennedy Center prior to Broadway. She most recently appeared on Broadway as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie and additional Broadway credits include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Jerry’s Girls, Blues in the Night, and Her First Roman. Other recent credits include Off-Broadway’s Thunder Knocking on the Door, Master Class, Play On!, and The Old Settler. Leslie Uggams also toured with Peter Nero and Mel Tormé in The Great Gershwin Concert. On television, she appeared as "Kizzy" in Roots, one of the most watched and critically acclaimed mini-series in the history of television. The role garnered her a Critics Choice Award along with Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Other television credits include Backstairs at the White House, Sizzle, HBO's Christmas at Radio City Music Hall, the co-host of Fantasy, for which she won an Emmy Award, and The Leslie Uggams Show. Her film credits include Skyjacked and Sugar Hill. In addition to stage and television, she performs concerts around the country, recently appearing with the Palm Beach Pops, Washington Symphony Orchestra, and the Memorial Day Concert on the Washington Mall, which was televised on PBS.
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