For those who missed Betty Buckley's two-week engagement at New York's famed Cafe Carlyle last month, there is another chance this weekend to see the woman New York Magazine has acclaimed as "The Voice of Broadway." The Tony Award-winning actress will take to the stage of the Bronx's Lehman Center for the Performing Arts this Saturday, April 17 at 8 PM, where she will be backed by her quartet of musicians, including Kenny Werner on piano, Jamey Haddad on percussion, Tony Marino on the bass and Billy Drewes on horns and reeds; Terry Gabis is the sound engineer for the evening.
Buckley is expected to perform several of the newer songs she added for her Carlyle run as well as such signature tunes as Stephen Schwartz's "Meadowlark," Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory" and "With One Look" plus the beautiful ballad from her last Broadway outing, Triumph of Love's "Serenity." Buckley recently wowed the sold-out crowd at the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Awards with her emotionally intense rendition of this Susan Birkenhead/Jeffrey Stock tune.
Tickets for Saturday's concert are priced between $20 and $30, and reservations may be made by calling the Lehman box office at (718) 960 8833 or TicketMaster at (212) 307-7171. The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, which is accessible by car, train or bus, is located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West. Be sure to catch Buckley in concert this Saturday evening. As the New York Post's Chip Deffaa recently wrote, Buckley is a "singing actress of the highest caliber; her full voice [cuts] through us powerfully."
--by Andrew Gans