Uggams will play Fauna, the proprietress of the Bear Flag Café, the local brothel. The actress joins a cast that includes Will Chase, James Clow, James Moye, Laura Osnes, Steve Routman, Stephen Wallem and Tom Wopat.
"Outcasts living by their wits populate the bordellos and flophouses of a 1950s California seaside town in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pipe Dream," according to Encores! notes. "The show features many of Steinbeck's Cannery Row characters and tells the story of the romance between Doc (Will Chase), a marine biologist, and Suzy (Laura Osnes), a young woman who hitchhikes into town looking for a better life. Doc's friends include Mac (Tom Wopat), Hazel (Stephen Wallem) and Fauna (Leslie Uggams), the owner of the local brothel."
Pipe Dream opened at the Shubert Theatre on Nov. 30, 1955, and ran for 246 performances. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Encores! notes indicate that Pipe Dream "has been virtually absent from the American stage for more than two decades, owing to a technicality involving the underlying rights. The Encores! presentation will also include the first hearing of the newly restored Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations, meticulously reconstructed by the Rodgers & Hammerstein office."
The score includes the rarities "All at Once You Love Her," "The Next Time It Happens" and the ballad "Everybody's Got a Home but Me."
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