Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, Thoroughly Modern Millie) stars as legendary singer actress Horne in the presentation by Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, producing director). Sharleen Cooper Cohen's script was suggested by the book "Lena Horne, Entertainer," by Leslie Palmer.
"The play will use many of the classic Lena Horne songs to tell the tale of the legendary beauty," according to the announcement.
Orchestrations are by Luther Henderson with musical direction by David Alan Bunn.
Under the direction of Victoria Pero and with choreography by Hope Clarke (Caroline, or Change), the presentation is free to the public.
Horne, whose smoky-rich voice and bright personality won her a Best Actress (Musical) Tony Award nomination for Jamaica, and a Special Tony Honor for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music in 1981, worked in film, concerts, nightclubs and on Broadway in a long career. She has retired from active performing. Performances play the Signature Theatre at 555 W. 42nd Street, June 14 at 3 PM, June 15 at 3 PM and June 17 at 3 PM and 7:30 PM. Seating is limited. For reservations call (212) 563-2565.
Amas Musical Theatre is devoted to new works that focus on multicultural casting or content.