Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Leslie Uggams Explains Funny "June is Bustin' Out All Over" Performance

There are several YouTube videos I go to on when I just need a chuckle. One of these videos is without a doubt Leslie Uggams singing June Is Bustin' Out All Over. Check it out; subtitles begin at around 1:27.

The video is so famous that several parodies have been made including the following: 

Parody 1
Parody 2
Parody 3

During a recent Seth Rudetsky interview, we finally learn directly from Ms. Uggams, what the heck happened leading up to the infamous video.

Ms. Uggams was asked to sing June Is Bustin' Out All Over, a song that is not part of her repertoire. Cue cards were supposed to be provided. However, when the camera started rolling, the person holding the cue card slipped on the wet grass taking the cue cards with him. With the camera still rolling, Ms. Uggams the consummate professional just kept going, making up the lyrics as she walked to the stage. Absolutely funny. I wonder if she knows the Rodgers and Hammerstein Carousel lyrics now.

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