NEW YORK — Leslie Uggams has another prize to add to its coat.
The 79-year-old showbiz star, who already has Emmy and Tony awards under her belt, will be honored with the York Theater Company’s 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award.
The East Side-based off-Broadway theater organization specializing in revitalizing musicals of the past will host its 30th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Awards Gala on Nov. 14 at the Edison Rooftop.
The event is named after the New York-born lyricist and librettist of landmark musicals “Show Boat,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music.”
Established in 1988, the award aims to recognize significant outstanding achievement in the field of musical theater and is presented at a gala evening in aid of The York.
Past recipients of the award – established in 1988 to recognize significant outstanding achievement in musical theater – include Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Joel Gray and Andre De Shields.
York Artistic Director and Producer James Morgan called Uggams in Monday’s announcement a “pioneer on stages and screens of all sizes…which has had a tremendous impact on the musical theater of the past half-century.” .
Uggams, an alum of the award-winning 1977 TV miniseries ‘Roots’, began her television career at the age of 6 on the ABC television series ‘Beulah’ – and went on to acclaim on Broadway.
With her Broadway debut in 1967, the Harlem native won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and went on to star in ‘Blues In the Night’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘King Hedley II’ and ‘ On Golden Pond”. ”
In 1983, she won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series for the short-lived game show “Fantasy.”
Over the past decade, Uggams has enjoyed a career resurgence with roles in the “Deadpool” film franchise and the “Empire” television series.