Tony winner Betty Buckley, who will star in the upcoming national tour of the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, will release her new live album, Hope—a mix of Americana, pop, rock, and standards—on Palmetto Records in physical, digital, and streaming formats June 8.
Playbill has an exclusive first listen to a track from the new recording: Buckley's haunting take on Joni Mitchell’s “Shades of Scarlett Conquering.” Listen to the song below:
Buckley will celebrate the new recording with a return to Joe’s Pub, where the album was recorded last fall. The June 5–9 concert engagement coincides with Buckley's debut opposite Dominic Cooper (The History Boys) as Madame L'Angelle on the AMC series Preacher, which begins its third season June 25. Click here for tickets to the Joe's Pub engagement.
Buckley’s 18th album features her quartet of musicians: multi-Grammy nominee Christian Jacob on piano, Oz Noy on guitar, Tony Marino on bass, and Dan Rieser on drums.
The complete track listing follows:
1. “Ecotopia” (Music by Oregon)
2. “Any Major Dude Will Tell You” (Music and lyrics by Walter Becker & Donald Fagen)
3. “Falling In Love” (Music and lyrics by Lisa Loeb)
4. “Long Ago and Far Away” (Music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
5. Introduction to “Hope”
6. “Hope” (Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown)
7. “My Least Favorite Life” (Music and lyrics by T Bone Burnett, Rosanne Cash & Lera Lynn; from the HBO series True Detective)
8. “Don’t Take Me Alive” (Music and lyrics by Walter Becker & Donald Fagan)
9. “Except Goodbye” (Music and lyrics by Judith Shubow Steir, from Only a Kingdom)
10. “Every Little Thing” (Music and lyrics by T Bone Burnett)
11. “Shades of Scarlett Conquering” (Music and lyrics by Joni Mitchell)
12. “Dope Island” (Music and lyrics by T Bone Burnett)
13. “I Feel Lucky” (Music and lyrics by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Don Schlitz)
14. “Quiet” (Music and lyrics by Paul Simon)
15. Gilda Story
16. “Prisoner in Disguise” (Music and lyrics by JD Souther)
17. ”Young At Heart” (Music by Johnny Richards and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh)
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, Dear World, and Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olivier Award nomination for her work in the latter.