Tony Winner Betty Buckley Will Star in Revival of Dear World at London's Charing Cross Theatre
By Andrew Gans
Tony Award winner Betty Buckley, who will return to Feinstein's at Loews Regency in October with a brand-new program, will star in The Charing Cross Theatre's production of Jerry Herman's Dear World, which begins performances in February 2013.
The production will be directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, the choreographer who helped guide Buckley to a Tony Award for her performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Performances will continue through the end of March.
Buckley, her assistant confirmed to Playbill.com, will play the role of Countess Aurelia, the part created on Broadway by Tony winner Angela Lansbury.
"Set in post-war Paris in 1945," production notes state, "this musical fable of Good versus Evil is a tale for our times, with only a madwoman and her odd collection of acquaintances to save the city from corporate greed."
Based on Jean Giraudoux's "The Madwoman of Chaillot," Dear World opened on Broadway in 1969 with Angela Lansbury in the lead role of Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot. Although the show played only 132 performances, Lansbury went on to win a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.
Charing Cross Theatre is located on Villiers Street in London. For more information call 08444 930 650 or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk.
As previously reported, Buckley will play Feinstein's, which is closing its doors in December, Oct. 2-27. Details about Buckley's newest concert act will be announced at a later time.
Buckley has also announced a slew of concert dates and master classes through the end of the year.
Aug. 5 - 9: Song Interpretation and Monologue Workshop at the Schreiber School; call (212) 741-0209 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty Buckley offered acclaimed performances in Broadway's Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776, Triumph of Love 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. Her screen credits are numerous.
The complete track listing for Buckley's new CD follows:
I Can See It
My Defenses Are Down
I Won’t Dance
Luck Be A Lady
Song On The Sand
A Hymn to Her
Come Back To Me
Sweeney Todd Suite: Not While I’m Around/Johanna/My Friends
Corner of the Sky
More I Cannot Wish You
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