The two-CD recording includes 21 tracks (24 songs) from her critically acclaimed one-woman autobiographical musical that "charts her historic career from Harlem (Uptown) to Broadway (Downtown), and everywhere in between," according to press notes.
The singing actress is backed by a seven-piece band that features Steve Bargonetti, Dan Block, Larry Farrell, Tony Kadleck, Ray Kilday, Don Rebic and Buddy Williams.
"Uptown Downtown" is written and conceived by Uggams and Michael Bush, directed by Bush and conducted by Don Rebic. Producer is Grahame Pratt.
The complete track list follows: Act I: 1. Rhapsody in Blue/There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York/New York, New York. 2. Them There Eyes. 3. My Own Morning. 4. Born in a Trunk. 4. Sunny Side of the Street. 6. Up a Lazy River. 7. A Tisket A Tasket. 8. I Wanna Be Around/You Made Me Love You. 9. Up on the Roof. 10. Hello Young Lovers. 11. Good Morning Heartache. 12. It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing/Take the A Train. Act II: 13. Love. 14. Yesterday/Yesterdays. 15. Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home. 16. Broadway. 17. Summertime. 18. I Got Plenty of Nothin’. 19. If He Walked into My Life. 20. Stormy Weather. 21. The Man I Love.
Uggams was most recently seen on Broadway opposite James Earl Jones in the Broadway revival of On Golden Pond. She won her Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Hallelujah, Baby!, and has also appeared on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedley II, Anything Goes, Jerry's Girls, Blues in the Night and Her First Roman. Uggams earned an Emmy for her work on television's "Fantasy" and appeared as Kizzy Reynolds in the award-winning miniseries "Roots."