Betty Buckley was cast in the lead of the Studio Arena Theatre of Buffalo's upcoming mounting of A.R. Gurney's latest, Buffalo Gal, and now Buckley is giving back. The Tony winner will perform a one-night only concert at the theatre on April 8. The proceeds will benefit the company.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now, Feb. 22, and are available either at the box office or by calling (716) 856-5650. Prices range $85-$150.
Buffalo Gal may shuffle off to New York City after its March 17 April 21 run. Gurney told Playbill On-Line Jan. 28 that commercial Broadway producer Julian Schlossberg is attached to the project.
"It all depends on how we do up there," said Gurney. He pointed out that any NYC transfer would not be to a nonprofit house, but to a commercial Off Broadway theatre.
Buffalo Gal is about a famous actress who returns to her hometown of Buffalo to star in a production of The Cherry Orchard, but is unexpectedly confronted with the sale of her grandmother's house (shades of Chekhov) and the reborn affections of her high school sweetheart. The play received its debut this past June at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where it opened the Nikos Stage 2001 season. Mary Tyler Moore was first announced to star, but soon bowed out due to a foot injury complicated by diabetes. Mariette Hartley took her place.
Gurney said he had made many changes in the script since the Williamstown run.
John Tillinger will direct in Buffalo, as he did at Williamstown.
The opening night at Studio Arena is March 21 and the run is longer than usual for the company, which is expected high ticket demand.
—By Robert Simonson