The special Black History Month event takes place at the Barnes & Noble (150 East 86th St.) store at 7 PM in celebration of the recent release of Stewart Lane's book, "Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way." Uggams will be joined by author and Tony Award-winning producer Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide), Broadway director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!) and author Tom Santopietro ("The Godfather Effect…").
Illustrated with never-before seen photographs, Lane's book, according to press notes, chronicles, "the journey of black theatre in America, alongside a running timeline of African-American history. Celebrating the performers, playwrights, songwriters, directors, choreographers and designers who changed theatre throughout America and the world, Lane offers a detailed account from Minstrel Shows to Vaudeville, from the Jazz Age to the Golden Age of the American Musical, through the dramas inspired by the Civil Rights Movement to the present day Broadway."
Stewart F. Lane is the six-time Tony Award-winning producer of La Cage Aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Two and Only, War Horse and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed books "Let's Put on a Show!" and "Jews on Broadway."