*PASADENA, CA — Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Stephen Eich, Executive Director), in association with KPC Incorporated, presents Tony and Emmy Award-winner Leslie Uggams (Pasadena Playhouse’s Stormy Weather and ABC’s “Roots”) in UPTOWN DOWNTOWN.

Directed and conceived by Michael Bush (Pasadena Playhouse’s Stormy Weather), Ms. Uggams returns to the Playhouse stage beginning November 16 – December 12.  The official press opening is on Friday, November 19.

UPTOWN DOWNTOWN is a dazzling musical evening with the legendary Leslie Uggams. In stories and song, Leslie recreates her extraordinary journey from uptown to downtown. From Mitch Miller to “Roots.”  From the Apollo Theater to Broadway. UPTOWN DOWNTOWN played earlier this year at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Leslie Uggams recently won an Audelco Award for her starring role in First Breeze of Summer at the acclaimed Off-Broadway Signature Theatre. She starred as the legendary Lena Horne in the pre-Broadway run of Stormy Weather at Pasadena Playhouse.  

Stormy Weather is Pasadena Playhouse’s box office record-holder for advance single ticket sales prior to opening night and for the highest gross of an entire run.  Leslie’s Broadway appearances have included starring alongside James Earl Jones in On Golden Pond and co-starring in the Broadway hit Thoroughly Modern Millie.  

In 2001, her Broadway portrayal of Ruby in August Wilson’s King Hedley II was nominated for a Tony Award.  Hedley followed two other Audelco Award-winning, critically acclaimed Off-Broadway performances:  The Old Settler and Keb Mo’s blues musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.  Leslie co-stars in the soon-to-be-released independent film Toe to Toe.

Joining the creative team of UPTOWN DOWNTOWN with director Michael Bush are Don Rebic (music direction and orchestrations), Gordon Goodwin (orchestrations), Tosca New York (costumes), Steven Young (lighting design), Eric Thompson (sound engineer) and Ronn Goswick (production stage manager).

UPTOWN DOWNTOWN plays November 16 – December 12, 2010, with the official press opening on Friday, November 19, at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  There will be one Wednesday matinee at 2:00 p.m. on November 24. Ticket prices range from $39.00 – $69.00.  

Rush tickets are available for $15.00 one hour prior to the performance time and are subject to availability.  Rush tickets must be purchased at the Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. Tickets are available by calling the Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting the Pasadena Playhouse Box Office.  The box office is open from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on performance dates and from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Monday and Sunday.  

Note: The box office is closed on holidays.  

Tickets are available 24 hours online at www.Pasadenaplayhouse.org.  Group Sales (15 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161.

For additional information visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Leslie Uggams photo by Joseph Moran

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