PLAYBILL PICKS: Fantasy Casting, 11 Diva Performances We'd Love to Have Seen

By Playbill Staff
28 Dec 2012

Betty Buckley in Evita


 Just where was Tony winner and Olivier nominee Betty Buckley when the powers that be were looking for someone to succeed Patti LuPone in the original production of Evita? That Buckley never got the chance to play the role of the Argentine actress who rose to become First Lady of her country is one of the major disappointments for fans of notoriously high belters. One can hardly imagine just how amazing Buckley would've sounded belting the high portions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's score ("he supports you, for he loves you, understands you, is one of you"), and we're sure her "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" would have been breathtaking.