Tony winner Betty Buckley, who recently completed an acclaimed run in A. R. Gurney's Buffalo Gal at the Buffalo Arena Theatre, will headline the Goodman Theatre's May 4 benefit.
Billed as An Evening with Betty Buckley, the black-tie benefit for the Chicago theatre will feature a concert from the former Sunset Boulevard star as well as pre-concert cocktails and post-performance dinner and dancing.
In a statement Goodman Women's Board President Susan Wislow admitted, "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Betty Buckley, a legendary Broadway star, as our headliner for this year's benefit. For one night only, we're bring the best of Broadway to Chicago." Benefit co-chairs Alice Young Sabl and Brenda Sexton added, "The excitement and glamour of a Broadway opening has given us a fabulous theme for this year's gala. We want all of our guests to feel like stars that night, and we have planned some wonderful surprises to help make that happen."
Buckley, a Tony winner for her role as Grizabella in the original Broadway company of Cats, is one of Broadway's finest performers, offering heartfelt performances in Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, Triumph of Love, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776 and Promises, Promises. Also a TV ("Eight Is Enough") and film (Tender Mercies) star, the award-winning actress devotes much of her time to concert appearances across the world.
The Goodman Theatre is located in Chicago, Ill., and boasts Robert Falls — the Tony-winning director of the recent revival of Death of a Salesman — as its artistic director. The benefit gala will be held at the Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Drive, beginning at 6:30 PM. Tickets are priced at $450 with tables ranging from $4,500 to $10,000. For further information, call (312) 443-3811, ext. 586. —By Andrew Gans