The real discovery of the evening is Nikki Crawford as the young Lena. As such she gets to sing some of the show’s best numbers: "Just One of Those Things," "Love Me or Leave Me," "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man of Mine." She is a tremendous talent and more than holds her own with Ms. Uggams. She even captures some of Lena Horne’s darker tones.
As enjoyable as the show is, I must say I preferred seeing Lena Horne singing these songs herself on Broadway. Much of the same historical ground is covered, and filling the story out as a biographic theater piece doesn’t work all that well. The show is worth seeing, though, and more importantly it is worth hearing. The performances, music direction (Linda Twine), choreography, and staging are all excellent. Stormy Weather may be seen at the Pasadena Playhouse until March 1.