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Betty Buckley

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Fresh off a triumphant run of sold-out shows in New York, legendary Leading Lady Betty Buckley returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with her new critically acclaimed show Story Songs. This renowned interpreter and 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee will share a set of songs from veteran and new Broadway composers along with current pop artists along with her collaborator of many years, Christian Jacob, world-class jazz pianist/arranger and composer of the score for the recent hit Clint Eastwood film, Sully.

Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for Triumph of Love along with an Olivier Award nomination for her performance as Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. She has numerous other West End, Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional credits to her name including her most recent acclaimed performance as Big Edie in Grey Gardens at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

She has appeared in numerous films and TV series, including the forthcoming M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split, co-starring James McAvoy. Her 16th CD, Ghostlight was produced by T Bone Burnett.

“Her stunning new show “Story Songs,” arguably the strongest cabaret of her career. Ms. Buckley belongs to a small circle of nightclub singers who are truth-tellers. Riding the crest of acclaim received for her portrayal of “Big Edie” in a Los Angeles production of the musical “Grey Gardens,” Ms. Buckley, her voice in excellent shape, gave everything she sang the shape and depth of a personal confession.” - Stephen Holden, New York Times (Sept. 23, 2016)

Running time (approximate): 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission

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