Leslie Uggams Opens Muny Season With ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ June 18-24

Leslie Uggams

Tony® and Emmy® Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams will reprise her critically acclaimed Broadway role of Muzzy in the 2012 Muny premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie, June 18-24, 2012. Leslie was last seen at The Muny in the 1977 show  Guys and Dolls.

“I am thrilled to welcome Leslie back to the Muny stage,” commented Mike Isaacson, Muny executive producer. “Her unique style and grace, joined with her amazing talent, brings an electricity to the role of Muzzy. She is a true legend in the entertainment industry and the Muny audience is in for a real treat.”

“It’s wonderful to be returning to The Muny and to such a delightful role,” says Leslie Uggams.

“Muzzy is one of those bon vivant, larger-than-life characters, and her songs are torchy and bluesy and lots of fun. It was a great experience for me to be in Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway, and I look forward to revisiting the show in such a great theatre as The Muny.”

Leslie’s career has brought her from Harlem (Uptown) to Broadway (Downtown), the big screen (Skyjacked) to television (The Leslie Uggams Show). Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of “Kizzy” in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley’s Roots (Critics Choice Award, Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations), Ms. Uggams has performed to critical and popular acclaim ever since her first professional appearances at the age of nine at the famed Apollo Theater.

Broadway veteran Tari Kelly stars as Millie Dillmount. She is joined by Tony® Award winning actress Beth Leavel as Mrs. Meers, and legendary performer Leslie Uggams reprising her Broadway role of Muzzy. Also appearing are Andrew Samonsky as Jimmy, Megan McGinnis as Miss Dorothy, Stephen Buntrock as Trevor Graydon, Francis Jue as Ching Ho, Darren Lee as Bun Foo and Tory Ross as Miss Flannery.

The Muny Box Office in Forest Park is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., for ticket sales for the 2012 season. Tickets can also be purchased online or charged by phone through MetroTix at (314) 534-1111. A service charge is  added to all MetroTix orders. For more information, call (314) 361-1900, or visit www.muny.org.

 



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