Established in 2001, the awards honor excellence in musical theatre productions presented by participating Tarrant County high schools. A panel of judges critiques the productions and names winners in 16 categories. Categories include Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Musical and Best Direction with winners receiving a $500 college scholarship. Betty Buckley — born and raised in Fort Worth, TX — 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. 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 CD, "Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar Warehouse," was nominated for a Grammy Award, and her newest recording, "The Doorway," is her first for the Fynsworth Alley label. The actress was also seen on the final three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series "Oz," the detective drama "Monk" as well as the Lincoln Center revue, Elegies: A Song Cycle.
Tickets for the awards, priced $20 (students) and $28 (adults), will go on sale May 9. Call (817) 332-2272, ext. 3. Visit www.casamanana.org for more information.