Leslie Uggams Is Muzzy in Millie, Starting April 22

News   Leslie Uggams Is Muzzy in Millie, Starting April 22
Tony Award-winner Leslie Uggams, who took home her trophy for starring in Hallelujah, Baby! back in 1968, joins the cast of Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie April 22 at the Marquis Theatre.
Leslie Uggams as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Leslie Uggams as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Sheryl Lee Ralph's last performance as Muzzy Van Hossmere was April 12. Terry Burrell assumed the role of the wealthy-but-grounded Muzzy in the interim. Now, Uggams will sing "Only in New York," and gets the choice Act II scene in which Muzzy counsels Millie about love.

Uggams was Tony nommed for King Hedley II in 2001. Last year, Off-Broadway, she starred in Thunder Knocking on the Door. Her other Broadway appearances include Jerry's Girls, Her First Roman, Blues in the Night and Anything Goes.

The musical, Hallelujah, Baby! was a conceptual look at African-American showbusiness history, penned by the all-white creative team of Jule Styne (music), Betty Comden & Adolph Green (lyrics) and Arthur Laurents (book). Burt Shevelove directed. A cast album preserves the score, and Uggams' work. The show won the Best Musical Tony, though it had closed months before. Lillian Hayman won the Tony for Best Featured Actress (Musical). Uggams tied that year with Patricia Routledge, who starred in Darling of the Day, another closed Styne show. Styne, Comden and Green won the Best Score Tony that year.

The current cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie, the 2002 Tony winner for Best Musical, includes Tony winners Sutton Foster and Harriet Harris, with Gavin Creel, Christopher Sieber, Angela Christian, Dave Rhee, Francis Jue and Anne L. Nathan.

Creel exits the role of Jimmy Smith April 27, to be replaced by Christian Borle (Prodigal, Elegies) on April 29. Borle and Sutton Foster are romantically linked off-stage. A spokesman also confirmed Foster has extended her contract to November.

Tony Award-nommed Marc Kudisch returns to the role of stuffed-shirt Trevor Graydon May 13; Sieber exits May 11.

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