A spokesperson for the Aug. 7-10 weekend confirmed that Buckley will be part of the program, which is a joint presentation of Sundance and the Johnny Mercer Foundation. Tony winner Buckley will be one of the master class teachers and will also take part in the Aug. 8 concert with songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
The weekend of master classes is designed for professional theatre and film actors — as well as writers and directors — and will feature a host of famed artists discussing their craft. Others scheduled to teach master classes include singer Margaret Whiting, Oscar-winning songwriting team Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Broadway actor Douglas Sills, composers Carol Hall and Shelly Markham and director/producer Jack Wrangler.
In addition to the master classes, the weekend will include two performances in the Sundance Screening Room. As stated above, Aug. 8 will feature Buckley and the Bergmans, and all of the artists as well as several of the instructors will offer a final performance on Aug. 9 at 8 PM. Limited tickets for these performances will be available at a later date.
Admission to the program will be held through an open application process, where 30 professional performers will be selected. Those interested should apply no later than June 15. There is no application fee, although tuition for the weekend is priced at $750. Applicants will be required to submit an application form, accompanied by a tape, CD or video.
Betty Buckley offered acclaimed performances in Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776 and Promises, Promises. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in the Broadway production of Cats, and she starred on the London stage in Promises, Promises and Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olivier Award nomination for her work in the latter. For more information about The Power of American Popular Song, visit www.sundance.org.