On Friday, the legendary Betty Lynn Buckley makes an appearance in Houston at The Wortham Center-Cullen Theatre. Brilliant Lecture Series is bringing her for a one night appearance.
I had the opportunity to see her in Fort Worth at Bass Hall in 2000. It was a wonderful evening with just her and a small combo on stage. It was also great to see her perform on her home turf.
Betty was born in Big Spring, TX, but was raised in Fort Worth, TX. She is the daughter of Betty Bob & Ernest Lynn Buckley. (Don’t you just LOVE the Texas names?) Her Fort Worth roots are deep. She attended Arlington Heights High School, TCU, was crowned Miss Fort Worth in 1966 and was runner-up in the Miss Texas Pageant.
Betty landed her first role on Broadway her first day in New York. She was Martha Jefferson in 1776. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in Cats. She received a Tony nomination for her performance in Triumph of Love. Betty received an Olivier Award nomination for her role as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and went on to replace Glenn Close on Broadway.
One of the roles I would love to have seen her perform is Mama Rose in Gypsy at Papermill Playhouse. However…if you listen to Betty Buckley An Evening At Carnegie Hall you can hear the showstopper Rose’s Turn. The cd is by far one of my favorites and includes my favorites As If We Never Said Goodbye, With One Look and Seasons of Love. There are two songs that form a medley on the cd that I always hum when I think of Betty and the songs are And So It Goes and Everything Must Change. If you expect to hear her haunting, award-winning rendition of Memory, you’ll have to purchase Cats (1982 Original Broadway Cast).
What’s funny (to me) is that when I mention her name, most of my contemporaries remember her as the mom on the television series Eight Is Enough or her role in the movie Carrie. This just goes to prove she has a wide range of talent and a wide-reaching fan base.
There is still time to purchase tickets to see this native Texan Broadway legend. Tickets can be purchased through the box office at The Wortham and more information about the performance can be found on Brilliant Lectures' website. AND here's a special deal for you...
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Don't forget! She's from Fort Worth...not Dallas. So Houston, come out on Friday night to get give Betty Buckley a warm Houston welcome.