May 6, 2000 |
As a girl in Fort Worth, Betty Buckley found herself placed at the back of the choir, with the director telling her, "Blend in, Betty Lynn, blend in." The admonishment perplexed Buckley because, she says, "I thought I was." Upon discovering the world of musical theater, however, the diva-in-training found where she belonged. "I was hugely relieved," she tells concert audiences, "to discover there was a purpose for girls with loud voices."
May 26, 1997
BETTY BUCKLEY joins the Pacific Symphony Pops, Friday and Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. $22-$58. (714) 755-5799.
January 10, 1997 |
What has dancing felines, a chandelier and a singing savior? Why, "Andrew Lloyd Webber--Music of the Night," of course, which opened at the Pantages on Wednesday night. Betty Buckley stars in this tribute to Lord (recently upgraded from Sir) Andrew, along with a 32-piece onstage orchestra and a strong-voiced ensemble of 11. The show, a greatest-hits revue, is touring the United States and is only in Los Angeles through Jan. 19.
January 5, 1997 |
Don't expect to see Betty Buckley giving one of what she calls her "Norma-obsessed performances" in "Andrew Lloyd Webber--Music of the Night," the touring production opening Wednesday at the Pantages Theatre. Yes, she played Norma Desmond, the diva of all divas, for nearly two years, first in London and then on Broadway.
February 7, 1987 |
"I'm a late bloomer, I suppose," said Betty Buckley. "But that's healthier than the panic some people have to make it in their 20s. I've always thought my prime would come in my 40s. And I'm right on schedule--I turn 40 in July." She will celebrate that birthday in Paris where she will be co-starring with Harrison Ford in an as-yet untitled movie directed by Roman Polanski. "Imagine," she said in her hotel suite. "Paris for three months. Harrison Ford. And Roman Polanski.
June 28, 1986 |
The last decade has seen Betty Buckley stride from TV stardom ("Eight Is Enough") to Broadway glitter ("Cats" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"), with a few significant movie stops in between ("Carrie" and "Tender Mercies"). Now, Buckley's decided to be a singer-songwriter as well. It may be a giant step too soon. Thursday night at the Beverly Theatre, she unveiled a musical presentation that was long on original material and short on interest.