Buckley, Blumenkrantz, Gemignani and Lee Will Be Part of Birdland's September Offerings

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Tony Award winner Betty Buckley, most recently seen in "The Happening," will play a five-night engagement at the famed jazz club Birdland in September.
Tony Award winner Betty Buckley.
Tony Award winner Betty Buckley.

Buckley will perform a mix of songs from her eclectic repertoire Sept. 23-27. Show times are 8:30 and 11 PM each night.

The September offerings at Birdland also include The Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook (Sept. 8 at 7 PM), Michele Lee (a benefit for the Actors Fund Sept. 22 at 7 PM) and Alexander Gemignani (Sept. 29 at 7 PM).

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 most recently scored raves for her work as Mrs. Jones in "The Happening."

Alexander Gemignani won a Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut in the revival of Assassins. He played Jean Valjean in the revival of Les Misérables (Drama League nomination) and has also appeared on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd and Avenue Q. Off-Broadway he was seen as Brian in Avenue Q and as Officer Duffy in Sorry, Wrong Number. He is the recipient of the Best Performer Award for his work in the 2003 NY Fringe Festival production The Trapped Family Singers. Gemignani also appeared in the Huntington Theatre's production of Marty, and his screen credits include "Passion," "South Pacific" and "The Producers." He will be seen this fall in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Road Show.

Jeff Blumenkrantz received a Tony nomination for his contributions to the score of Urban Cowboy. He contributed a song to Audra McDonald's "Seven Deadly Sins" concert at Carnegie Hall as well as a tune to the Transport Group's production of The Audience. His works have been performed by McDonald, Megan Mullally and Judy Kuhn. As an actor, Blumenkrantz appeared in the Broadway productions of Into the Woods, 3 Penny Opera, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and A Class Act. Michele Lee made her Broadway debut in Vintage '60 followed by How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bravo Giovanni, Seesaw and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. She was Tony nominated for her work in Seesaw and Allergist's Wife. Lee is perhaps best known for her Emmy-nominated role on the CBS nighttime serial "Knots Landing."

Birdland is located in Mahattan at 315 West 44th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For reservations call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.birdlandjazz.com.

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