BB is currently in rehearsals for her three-month stint in the tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Music of the Night. Rumor has it that Betty will be singing at least one Andrew Lloyd Webber song that she has never before performed. I will let you know as soon as it is official.
There was also a great article by Bill Morrison about Ms. B in a North Carolina paper, The News and Observer. Following are some of BB's choice quotes:
About her evening at Carnegie Hall:
"I wanted the night to be a celebration of living. . . I couldn't see what everybody else saw, but I felt what was going on in the hall. The hall was packed, and there was a riot for tickets out in front. It was like something you read about in your introduction to theater. I couldn't imagine it. I was just amazed. When I came out onstage, the whole place just went nuts, just jumped to their feet the minute they heard my voice. I stopped counting after nine standing ovations. I couldn't believe it. People started stompin', and it felt like the hall was shaking. And I said, 'Betty Lynn, you have just rocked Carnegie Hall.' "
About her journalism background:
"My mother was a journalist and my father was very opposed to my being an actress, so I majored in journalism to make everybody happy. Actually, I'm glad I did. It really taught me how to write and think, how to interview people and how to investigate character."
About some of her favorite characters:
"[the woman in Amanda McBroom's "Dreamin"]: She's this little housewife. Grizabella: she's a little cat. Norma is a little old movie star. Then there's the lady who sings 'Meadowlark.' They all look different in my head. They're this little group of characters, and it's like I just kind of bring 'em out and they tell their story and then they go back wherever they go."
About the true meaning of her Carnegie concert:
"[Pianist Kenny Werner] told me that he noticed four gay men near the stage, one of whom looked incredibly sick. And Kenny said as he looked at him, the man closed his eyes and seemed to go into this sublime, sweet state of complete contentment. . .The whole event was not about me. It was about all of us who were celebrating life, and everyone was there to participate in that celebration." And, don't forget to check Betty Buckley's website, now in its home on Playbill On-line. Next week, look for a photo montage from Betty's dressing room when she was starring in Sunset Boulevard at the Minskoff.
La LuPone's concert at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College has been changed from Saturday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8pm. A few tickets are still available. Call 718-951-4500 or Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171. I will be going to the Master Class star's concert and will give a full report next week.
Elaine Paige will appear on the New York television program Theatre Talk on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 12:30 AM. Theatre Talk airs in New York on PBS, Channel 13. Hosted by Michael Riedel, entertainment reporter for The New York Daily News, and by Susan Haskins, Theatre Talk features in-depth conversations with theatre professionals--actors, playwrights, directors, critics, etc.
There was also an item in Tuesday's New York Post about EP, who was the guest of honor at a party that Manhattan's Judy Green gave at her Park Avenue apartment over the weekend. Guests included producer David Brown, Judge Milton Mollen, Denise Rich, Randy Jones, Kenny J. Lane, Warren and Yanna Avis, Ann Downey, Ann Jones, Marty and Cornelia Bregman and Mary Ellen Barton.
For those of you booking Sunset Boulevard tickets for the next few months, remember that our British star is scheduled for a vacation Jan. 6-16. Karen Mason has given notice that she will be leaving her standby position at the end of this year, so it is up-in-the-air as to who will fill in for EP during this time.
MADONNA and EVITA
Well, it's finally here--the long-awaited soundtrack to the upcoming film of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita hit record stores at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The 2-CD set stars, of course, Madonna as Evita, Antonio Banderas as Che and Jonathan Pryce as Peron. Madonna gets a chance--following the likes of Patti LuPone, Elaine Paige, Julie Covington, Marti Webb, Florence Lacey, Derin Altay, Nancy Opel, Stephanie Lawrence, Loni Ackerman and dozens of other women to interpret such Webber classics as "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," "Rainbow High," "Buenos Aires" and "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You." She also gets to sing "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," usually sung by Peron's mistress plus the one entirely new song written for the film, "You Must Love Me." The film will debut in New York on Christmas Day, and I'll be going that afternoon and will write a column about it afterwards. Let me know your thoughts on the CD.
Betty Buckley will make her first professional concert appearance in New York since departing the Boulevard. Buckley will appear in the beautiful new cabaret room at Maxim's for three shows on November 22 and 23. The shows will be held at 8:30 on both nights, with a 10:30 PM show on the 23rd as well. Call 212-751-5111 for ticket information and reservations. Maxim's is located in New York City at 62nd Street and Madison Avenue.
The Tony-winning Song & Dance gal, Bernadette Peters, will make her eagerly-awaited solo Carnegie Hall debut in December to benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis. BP will perform on the legendary stage on December 9, singing songs from her new album, "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" plus an array of Sondheim material. Tickets are priced at $40, $100, $150, $250 and $550. The top two ticket prices include a post-concert party/reception. Call 212-247-7800 for more information.
That's all for now. Happy diva-watching!
-- By Andrew Gans
(My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.)