“Good evening, and welcome to our soiree,” said Leslie Uggams after the opening medley of “There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York” and “New York, New York.”
And quite a fab soiree it is. The multi-talented, 68-year-old show biz veteran is kickin’ it old-school down at the Capital Repertory Theatre, and it’s a marvel to behold. Broadway show tunes, street corner doo-wop, big band swing, blues, Latin jazz, gospel, intimate ballads – Uggams does it all quite magnificently.
Don’t mistake “Uptown Downtown” for theater. Rather, it’s an autobiographical concert, in which Uggams utilizes her still supple voice for a music-and-stories evening that traces her long and varied career from the Apollo Theatre to “Sing Along With Mitch,” from a Tony Award winning turn on Broadway to the pioneering TV mini-series “Roots”… and beyond.