Betty Buckley to Offer Song Intensive and Communication Workshop at Bay Street Theatre

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Tony Award winner Betty Buckley — who will bring her acclaimed Broadway by Request concerts (featuring Seth Rudetsky) to the Bay Street Theatre July 3 (Buckley's birthday concert) and July 4 — will offer a Song Intensive and Communication Workshop at that Sag Harbor, NY, venue June 29-July 2.
Tony Award winner Betty Buckley.
Tony Award winner Betty Buckley.

The workshop, according to press notes, "is designed to help students, assist young professionals or more experienced performers and educators to refresh themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually in the craft of singing, acting, storytelling and true communication with an audience."

Buckley will be joined by renowned Pilates trainer Patrick Strong, who will begin each day's work with a Pilates class. Strong was Buckley's movement consultant in Sunset Boulevard.

The star of Cats and Sunset Boulevard will "share her expertise for telling stories in song and guide her students through a methodology to facilitate audience connection through songs and monologues."

The four-day workshop, what Buckley calls "a summer performance boot camp in the beautiful Hamptons," will include meditative techniques, communication exercises and one-on-one work with Buckley and students in song and monologues.

Auditors will be able to participate in all exercises except the singing and monologue work. 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. Buckley's newest recordings, "Quintessence" and "Betty Buckley 1967," are both available on the Playbill Records/Sony BMG Masterworks Broadway label. Buckley also scored raves for her work as Mrs. Jones in "The Happening."

There is a $1,000 fee for the four-day workshop; $500 for auditors. To register, contact Bay Street Box Office at (631) 725-9500.

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