Betty Buckley & Michael Feinstein Team Up for Australian Concerts

News   Betty Buckley & Michael Feinstein Team Up for Australian Concerts Tony winner Betty Buckley and cabaret star Michael Feinstein will team up for a pair of concerts in Australia this September.

Tony winner Betty Buckley and cabaret star Michael Feinstein will team up for a pair of concerts in Australia this September.

Buckley, who received a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway company of Cats, will perform in concert at Australia's Energex Brisbane Festival 2002 on Sept. 20. Feinstein will be her special guest. Then, on Sept. 21, Feinstein will offer a concert at the same Festival with special guest Buckley. At her concert, Buckley will be backed by Clifford Carter (piano), Jamey Haddad (drums), Tony Marino (bass) and Billy Drewes (reeds).

Buckley — who received a Tony nomination for her most recent Broadway outing in Triumph of Love — is one of Broadway's finest performers, offering heartfelt performances in Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, Cats, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776 and Promises, Promises. She has appeared on the London stage in Promises, Promises and Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olivier Award nomination for her work in the latter. Also a TV ("Eight Is Enough") and film (Tender Mercies) star, the actress-singer devotes much of her time to concert appearances around the world. Her solo CDs feature "Betty Buckley," "Children Will Listen," "With One Look," "The London Concert," "An Evening at Carnegie Hall," "Much More," "Heart to Heart" and the Grammy nominated "Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar Warehouse."

A three-time Grammy nominee, singer-pianist Michael Feinstein is often credited with reinvigorating the American popular song. The crooner has performed in concert halls around the world and now co-owns his own nightclub, Feinstein's at the Regency, in New York City. His numerous solo recordings include "Michael and George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin," "Big City Rhythms" "Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway" and "Michael Feinstein with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra."

The annual Energex Brisbane Festival offers a "snapshot of world entertainment," featuring performers from the worlds of dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Venue and ticket information will be announced shortly. For more information, go to www.brisbanefestival.com.au. —By Andrew Gans