THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner Leslie Uggams Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner Leslie Uggams Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences
 
Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of stage and screen star Leslie Uggams, a Tony Award winner for her performance in Hallelujah, Baby! Click here for up-to-date information about the acclaimed singing actress.

Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope

James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in <i> The Great White Hope</i> at Arena Stage, 1967
James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in The Great White Hope at Arena Stage, 1967 Photo by Arena Stage

His performance was riveting as Jack Jefferson. I was blown away.

Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls

Jennifer Holliday
Jennifer Holliday Photo by Martha Swope

Wow! I was on my feet and didn't even realize it.

Cicely Tyson in The Trip to the Bountiful

Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson Photo by Joan Marcus

She truly proved she's one of the great ladies of the theatre. A magical performance.

Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.

Brian Stokes Mitchell in Kiss Me Kate; Ragtime; Kiss of the Spider Woman

Brian Stokes Mitchell in <i>Kiss Me, Kate</i>
Brian Stokes Mitchell in Kiss Me, Kate

A true leading man. Sings beautifully, is handsome and can act. He's the real deal.

Lena Horne in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

Lena Horne
Lena Horne

To see her in person and hear her sing the way she did in that show was one of the highlights of my life.

Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands and Sidney Poitier in Raisin in the Sun

Claudia McNeil, Sidney Poitier and Diana Sands
Claudia McNeil, Sidney Poitier and Diana Sands Photo by Friedman-Abeles

I sat in the first row and saw people who had the same dreams my mom and dad had for us.

Patina Miller in Pippin 

Patina Miller and cast
Patina Miller and cast Photo by Joan Marcus

A great evening in the theatre. She was wonderful. Singing, dancing, and on a trapeze as well? Wow!

Bryan Cranston in All the Way

Bryan Cranston in <i>All The Way</i>
Bryan Cranston in All The Way Photo by Evgenia Elisseva

Brilliant interpretation of LBJ.

Porgy and Bess

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I was six years old when I went to opening night to see my Aunt Eloise and Leontyne Price and Cab Calloway at The Ziegfeld Theatre. I decided I wanted to be on stage.

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