For anyone who has ever heard Betty Buckley sing, it is evident that she possesses one of the finest, and perhaps the most unique, instruments in the musical theatre; a voice of supple steel, capable of piercing the soul with either its razor-edged belt or ethereal upper register. It is a voice that has been stopping the hearts of concert and theater-goers for years.
Ms. Buckley most recently added to her critically acclaimed work the role of Mama Rose in the Great American musical GYPSY for the renowned Papermill Playhouse. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in the 1997-98 Broadway season for her performance as Hesione in TRIUMPH OF LOVE and an Olivier Award nomination for her interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she repeated to more rave reviews in the New York production.
Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Lloyd Webber's CATS, which closed its legendary run on Broadway last year. Her other Broadway credits include Lloyd Webber's SONG AND DANCE and the role of Margaret White in the cult musical CARRIE, for which she was nominated as Best Actress in a Musical by the Outer Critic's Circle. She made her Broadway debut creating the role of Martha Jefferson in the musical 1776, was Catherine in Bob Fosse's PIPPIN, and was Edwin Drood for the New York Shakespeare Festival in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Off-Broadway she most recently starred in The Vineyard Theatre's production of Nicky Silver's THE EROS TRILOGY. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Buckley played Pirate Jenny in THREE PENNY OPERA.
On screen, she made her film debut in Brian DePalma's CARRIE and appeared in Bruce Beresford's TENDER MERCIES, Roman Polanski's FRANTIC, and Woody Allen's ANOTHER WOMAN. Buckley starred for four seasons as Abby Bradford in the hit television series EIGHT IS ENOUGH and received two Emmy Award nominations for ABC After-School Specials for which she acted and wrote a musical score. She appeared with the Harlem Boys Choir in the STEPHEN SONDHEIM CARNEGIE HALL GALA, which later aired as a PBS Special Presentation. Also for PBS, she acted as the host for a 1999 special called THE WOMEN OF TIN PAN ALLEY. Ms. Buckley recently guest starred on three episodes of the HBO series "Oz," and will play a feature role in the upcoming season.
Ms. Buckley does extensive concertizing with her ensemble, which includes her renowned pianist and musical director, Kenny Werner, and has now completed seven CD's. She recorded her debut studio album for Sterling, CHILDREN WILL LISTEN, and immediately followed with a second album, WITH ONE LOOK. Her third album, THE LONDON CONCERT, was recorded live with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. Her fourth album, entitled AN EVENING AT CARNEGIE HALL, was recorded live in 1996 at her triumphant sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, a benefit concert on behalf of BROADWAY CARES! EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS. Kevin Duncan co-produced the Carnegie Hall concert with Ms. Buckley and together they have recently founded KO (Knock Out) Productions and KO Records to guarantee their ability to have complete oversight of their creative vision and projects.
In the spring of 2000, KO Records released its first recording called HEART TO HEART, a collection of love songs - contemporary, traditional and popular - as interpreted by Buckley and Werner. The second release for the label was a re-release of Buckley's famed, standing-room-only St. Bartholomew's concert in New York. Rizzoli Records originally released this album, called BETTY BUCKLEY: FIFTEEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY RE-RELEASE, in 1986.
Concord Records releases her next album, STARS AND THE MOON, LIVE AT THE DONMAR THEATRE, on September 25. STARS AND THE MOON is an eclectic mix of songs from different categories of music - standards, traditional, theatre, country, jazz, pop and classical. Recorded live at the Donmar Warehouse in London it includes standards such as "Just the Way You Look Tonight, and "Send In the Clowns," pop tunes such as "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor, as well as several songs prepared by American poets Dorothy Parker, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay.