That Tony-winning Texan talent Betty Buckley, who will be seen in Signature Theatre's world-premiere production of Horton Foote’s The Old Friends, celebrates her birthday July 3. To mark the occasion, Playbill.com offers another look at 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."