THE SCREENING ROOM: Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley, A Video Celebration
03 Jul 2012
That Tony-winning Texan talent Betty Buckley, whose newest solo recording arrives next month, celebrates her birthday July 3. To mark the occasion, Playbill.com offers some of Buckley's magnificent performances throughout the years.
Performances were chosen by and feature commentary from Playbill.com senior editor Andrew Gans.
It's no wonder Betty Buckley landed her first Broadway role at her very first New York audition. Just listen to the beauty of her voice as she sings "He Plays the Violin" from 1776 on her first original Broadway cast recording. Years later, Buckley would record the song "Meadowlark," which features the line: "Her voice could match the angels in its glory." I'm often reminded of that Stephen Schwartz lyric when I hear Buckley sing "Violin."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.