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Betty Buckley

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(1947– ). Stage, film, and television performer. A Broadway diva who for several years replaced stars, she originated a few roles before she found stardom. Buckley was born in ...

Buckley, Betty

Buckley, Betty (3 July 1947)   Reference library

Sharon O’Connell Campbell

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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..., Betty ( Lynn ) ( b Fort Worth, TX , 3 July 1947 ). Singer and actress . A versatile performer in musical and non-musical theater, film, and television, Betty Buckley debuted on Broadway as Martha Jefferson in 1776 ( 1969 ), then played Catherine in Pippin ( 1977 ). She is best known for creating of the role of Grizabella in New York for Andrew Lloyd Webber 's Cats ( 1982 ). Buckley's portrayal, featuring her notable performance of “Memory,” won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress ( 1983 ). Buckley replaced Bernadette Peters as Emma...

Buckley, Betty

Buckley, Betty (1947)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Betty (b. 1947 ), actress and singer . She was born in Big Spring, Texas, and educated at Texas Christian College before going to New York and studying acting with Stella Adler . A Broadway diva who took a long time to become a stage star, Buckley spent a lot of her career replacing others in hit shows, but she did get to originate some important roles on her own: Martha Jefferson in 1776 ( 1969 ), the aging glamour cat Grizabella in the American production of Cats ( 1982 ), and the Victorian actress playing the title male lead in The ...

Buckley, Betty

Buckley, Betty (1947– )   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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..., Betty [ Lynn ] ( 1947–  ). Stage, film, and television performer . A Broadway diva who for several years replaced stars, she originated a few roles before she found stardom. Buckley was born in Big Spring, Texas, and educated at Texas Christian College before going to New York and studying acting with Stella Adler . She made an impressive Broadway debut as Martha Jefferson in the musical 1776 ( 1969 ), followed by the revue What's a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This? ( 1973 ). Buckley replaced the original stars in musical hits such...

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Buckley Betty   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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... Betty b. Betty Lynn Buckley, 3 July 1947, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Encouraged by a mother who was a singer and dancer, Buckley became attracted to the musical theatre after seeing The Pajama Game when she was 11 years old. Nevertheless, she graduated with a BA degree in journalism from Texas Christian College, as well as studying voice and acting, and then worked in regional theatre before making her Broadway debut as Martha Jefferson in the musical 1776 in 1969. Having moved to London, in 1969 she starred in the West End production of Neil Simon’s ...

Betty Buckley

Betty Buckley  

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(1947– ).Stage, film, and television performer. A Broadway diva who for several years replaced stars, she originated a few roles before she found stardom. Buckley was born in Big Spring ...
Triumph Of Love

Triumph Of Love  

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With the mighty Les Misérables heading relentlessly towards its 5, 000th performance at the Imperial Theatre on New York’s West 45th Street, this chamber-size farcical romantic musical comedy opened ...
Andy Garcia

Andy Garcia  

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B. c.1953, Bricktown, New Jersey, USA, d. 19 November 2002, California, USA. Interested in singing from early childhood, Garcia learned his chosen trade, and gained a substantial following, working ...
Kenny Werner

Kenny Werner  

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B. 19 November 1951, New York City, New York, USA. Werner began playing piano as a small child and at the age of 11 appeared on television. He studied classical ...
Amanda McBroom

Amanda McBroom  

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B. 9 August 1946, Burbank, California, USA. The daughter of film actor David Brian, Amanda McBroom, initially, was eager to pursue a career as a songwriter and this ambition received ...
Audrey Lavine

Audrey Lavine  

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B. Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Lavine studied classical music, graduating from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in opera. Throughout the 70s and 80s, she played ...
Baker's Wife

Baker's Wife  

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With a book by Joseph Stein based on the 1938 movie La Femme De Boulanger, by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, and a score by Stephen Schwartz, The Baker’s Wife ...
Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises  

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(1968),a musical comedy by Neil Simon (book), Burt Bacharach (music), Hal David (lyrics). [Shubert Theatre, 1,281 perf.] Chuck Baxter (Jerry Orbach) is a young executive who is willing to ...
Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige  

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(b. Barnet, Herts, 5 March 1948)Actress and singer. She made her first appearance out of London in The Roar of the Greasepaint … The Smell of the Crowd (1964) ...
Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard  

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Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-awaited musical adaptation of Billy Wilder’s classic black-and-white film that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden, finally surmounted a host of technical ...
I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road

I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road  

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Produced by Joseph Papp at his New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre, the launch pad for several successful musical productions through the years, including A Chorus Line, this show opened ...
Hair

Hair  

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After 1, 742 performances on Broadway of Hair (1968), and even more in London, where the run was terminated only because the roof of the theatre caved in, it was ...
Cats

Cats  

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Hit international musical based on the poems of T. S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats) with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreography by Gillian Lynne, and direction by Trevor Nunn. It ...
Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity  

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Director-choreographer Bob Fosse’s 1969 screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical was heavily criticized at the time of release in 1969, for its over-use of gimmicky cinematic trickery and the ...
Gypsy

Gypsy  

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Based on stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s autobiography, this legendary show opened at the Broadway Theatre in New York on 21 May 1959. Arthur Laurents ’ book follows Rose (Ethel Merman) ...
A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music  

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Eng. trans. of Mozart's title Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Also title of Amer. musical (1973) by Stephen Sondheim.

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