Leslie Uggams
(© Joseph Marzullo)
Leslie Uggams
(© Joseph Marzullo)
Leslie Uggams, Kearran Giovanni, Davis Gaines, Dee Hoty, and Kevyn Morrow will head the cast of the Prince Music Theatre's production of Stormy Weather: Imagining Lena Horne, a new musical by Sharleen Cooper Cohen. The show, which will be directed by Michael Bush, is scheduled to run February 10-March 4 and to open officially on February 17.

Stormy Weather focuses on the life of the legendary entertainer (played by Giovanni in her younger days and Uggams later on), including her controversial marriage to Lennie Hayton, a white Jewish composer. The show will use standards such as "The Lady is a Tramp," "From This Moment On," and "Stormy Weather."

Also featured in the cast will be Carey Brown, Destan Owens, Julia Lema, Dathan B. Williams, Jared Grimes, Daniel J. Watts, Julyza A. Commodore, Michael Scott, Julian Brightman, and Katie O'Shaughnessy. The show's creative team includes Randy Skinner (choreography), James Noone (sets), Linda Cho (costumes), Traci Klainer (lighting), Nick Kourtides (sound), Bruce Barnes (musical director), and Daryl Waters (orchestrations/vocal arrangements).

Uggams won a Tony Award for Hallelujah, Baby and has starred in such other Broadway shows as On Golden Pond, Anything Goes, and King Hedley II. Giovanni has appeared on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sweet Charity, and Tarzan. Gaines, who will play Lennie Hayton, is best known for his many performances in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera. Hoty, who will play writer/performer Kay Thompson, received Tony nominations for The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, and Footloose; she also starred on Broadway in City of Angels and Mamma Mia! Morrow's many Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, and Smokey Joe's Café.