Leslie Uggams: “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over”

I’ve had the very exquisite experience of working with Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams, and she’s simply a dream.

AND – she has a huge sense of humor when it comes to this incident where she forgot the words to “June Is Busting Out All Over” from Carousel during a national TV special.

She explained to me once what happened here with the made up words to a song that she admits she “knew,” but didn’t really “know” the full lyrics:

Apparently, the night before the televised concert it rained and rained and rained. And the grass was way wet. As Leslie made her way down the aisle out in the audience, the crew guy holding cue cards with the lyrics fell and went splat. But it’s live TV and the camera kept moving down the aisle, so she went with it.

She’s very funny telling the story. Click here to watch her laugh about it with Seth Rudetsky.

Watch below. Still a classic.

Podcast: Celebrating The Return Of HELLO, DOLLY! To Broadway

Hello, Dolly! is back on Broadway in a brand new, luscious revival starring the effervescent Bette Midler.

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast, I share some history of the classic Broadway blockbuster including how some songs were once cut, and then, restored to the show.

Who knows the songs “Penny In My Pocket,” “Love, Look In My Window,” and “World Take Me Back?” All were once cut from Dolly – guess which one is back in the new revival?

BONUS >>>Listen in as I share Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams’ performance of one of those “trunk songs,” delivered in spectacular fashion, from when she wore the “red dress” in a major production of Hello, Dolly!

Leslie Uggams explains “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” debacle

Leslie Uggams and I opening night of “Hello, Dolly!” which she starred in
and I choreographed at Theater Under The Stars in Houston, TX

My dear wonderful Leslie Uggams, Tony Award winner for Best Actress 1968, sat down with the always entertaining “Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox” to focus a rare less-than-perfect Uggams moment — an incident that had faded into obscurity until brought to newfound infamy via YouTube.

 Leslie tells the story of how she almost had to invent a new language to cover the “slipped” lyrics during a live performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “June is Bustin’ Out All Over.”

 I’ve worked with Leslie – a dream to work with: true talent, great work ethic and the most beautiful spirit. It just doesn’t get any better. Watch the video and you see the real Leslie. The first one to laugh at herself, and she enjoys a good laugh no matter what. What a great star.