Buckley, who recently played an acclaimed engagement at Feinstein's at the Regency, is celebrating her 17 ½-year partnership with musical director Kenny Werner during the Blue Note run, which continues through July 22. Entitled Songs for a Summer Night, the concerts will feature selections from her forthcoming CD "Quintessence" as well as a healthy dose of songs from her eclectic repertoire, which includes songs from the worlds of pop, rock, country and musical theatre. Werner has also penned a few new arrangements for the Blue Note gig. On July 17 Buckley will be backed by her trio, which comprises Werner on piano, Tony Marino on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on drums. The remainder of the run will also feature Billy Drewes on reeds. (Drummer Dan Rieser will sub for Pinciotti July 21 and 22.)
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. 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 is available on the Concord Records label. The actress was also seen on the final three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series "Oz" as well as in the Lincoln Center revue, Elegies: A Song Cycle.
There is a $20 cover charge at the bar and a $35 cover at the tables.
The Blue Note is located in Manhattan at 131 West Third Street. For reservations call (212) 475-8592 or visit www.bluenote.net.