The new disc, Buckley's second on the Playbill Records/Sony BMG Masterworks Broadway label, is due in stores Feb. 5. The single CD can currently be purchased on line for $13.95.
The CD's title refers to the quintet of musicians who have accompanied Buckley on record and in live performances for over a decade. They include musical director Kenny Werner on piano, Tony Marino on bass, Billy Drewes on reeds, Todd Reynolds on violin and Dan Weiss on drums.
The complete track listing for "Quintessence" follows:
"So Many Stars"
"The Surrey With the Fringe on Top"
"Like a Lover"
"Cry Me a River"
"No One is Alone"
"Anyone Can Whistle"
"Blame it on My Youth"/"I've Grown Accustomed to His Face"
"The Man I Used to Love"
Buckley — whose debut CD on the Playbill Records label, "Betty Buckley 1967," hit the Billboard charts — will celebrate the release of "Quintessence" with an upcoming engagement at Feinstein's at Lowes Regency. Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, Buckley will perform "Then & Now" at Feinstein's Feb. 5-23.
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. For more information visit www.bettybuckley.com.