Leslie Uggams

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress/singer Leslie Uggams comes to the role of Maria Callas in the Theatre Fest Production of Terrence McNally's Master Class in the heels of critical and audience acclaim for her performance in Off-Broadway's Old Settler, for which she just received the prestigious Adelco Award. That's just the latest accomplishment for a woman who's been part of the American entertainment scene since she was a child.

Concurrent with her musical composition and theory studies at The Julliard School, Leslie released the first of 10 albums she was to record for Columbia Records including her first hit single, Morgan. Alternating major nightclub appearances with her stage work, Leslie appeared in the musical The Boyfriend in Berkeley, California. Soon, she won the lead in Hallelujah, Baby!, which had originally been written for Lena Horne, and earned the 1968 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Broadway Musical Comedy. Two years later, she had her own musical variety television series on CBS-TV, The Leslie Uggams Show, and a new recording contract with Atlantic Records. In 1970, Leslie made her dramatic film debut in Skyjacked. It was Leslie's portrayal of "Kizzy" in the most watched dramatic show in TV history, Roots, that won her worldwide recognition as a dramatic actress including the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1978, her first Emmy nomination for Best Leading Actress and a coveted Golden Globe Nomination from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

When not performing in the theatre, Leslie Uggams can be found touring the country playing her acclaimed concerts, most recently appearing with the Palm Beach Pops, The Washington Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Rhode Island Symphony, and The Memorial Day Concert on the Washington Mall, which took place before 300,000 people and was televised live to millions more by PBS.

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